Government gives ground on state pension age increases
Date: 28 October 2011
The government has delayed its plans to increase the state pension age to 66 by six months after recognising that their original plans would unfairly impact on women.
Months of hard campaigning by trade unions and
age charities saw the government move to limit the impact on
Under the original plans more than 30,000
women would be forced to wait two years longer before being able to
claim their state pension.
The latest changes improve the situation but
are still massively unfair with hundreds of thousands of women
still having to wait 18 months longer to claim their state
Labour MPs had tabled an alternative schedule
which would have meant that no women would have to wait for more
than a year longer to claim their state pension – bringing them
into line with men. Labour’s amendment was defeated in the
House of Commons by 291 votes to 244.
here to see an updated table of the latest changes to state
pension ages and how they will affect you.