21 October 2019

State Pension age rises

The State Pension age is now the the same for men and women. 

The change, which came into law in November 2019, means that women can only start claiming their State Pension at the same age as men - from the age of 65.

Up until 2010, women could take their State Pension at age 60, but their State Pension age has gradually risen since then.

The State Pension age will go up again for both men and women to age 66 by October 2020 and 67 by March 2028.  Another rise to 68 is proposed by March 2039.

The move is in response to people living longer, and worries by successive governments that the state pension is becoming too expensive to maintain in its current form.