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The next review of State Pension age has been launched by the government

By David Porter

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The Pensions Act 2014 requires government to regularly review State Pension age, and in accordance with law, this latest Review must be published by May 7, 2023.

State Pension age is currently 66 and two further increases are currently set out in legislation: a gradual rise to 67 for those born on or after April 1960; and a gradual rise to 68 between 2044 and 2046 for those born on or after April 1977.

The first Review of State Pension age was undertaken in 2017 and concluded that the next Review should consider whether the increase to age 68 should be brought forward to 2037-39 before tabling any changes to legislation.

As the number of people over State Pension age increases, due to a growing population and people on average living longer, the government needs to make sure that decisions on how to manage its costs are, robust, fair and transparent for taxpayers now and in the future.

It must also ensure that as the population becomes older, the State Pension continues to provide the foundation for retirement planning and financial security.

Therefore, this review will consider a wide range of evidence, for example, it will-

Examine the implications of the latest life expectancy data.

Provide a balanced assessment of the costs of an ageing population and future State Pension expenditure.

Consider labour market changes and people’s ability and opportunities to work over State Pension age.

Develop options for setting the legislative timetable for State Pension age that are transparent and fair.

As set out in the 2014 Act, the Secretary of State is commissioning two independent reports to contribute to the evidence considered during this review: a report from the Government Actuary and a report on other factors.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe will lead the review
Baroness Neville-Rolfe will lead the review

The Government Actuary will provide a report which must assess the age of entitlement in legislation by analysing the latest life expectancy projections;

The report on other relevant factors will consider recent trends in life expectancy and the range of metrics we could use when setting State Pension age.

This is to ensure the way we set State Pension age is robust, transparent and provides fairness to both taxpayers and pensioners.

This report will be led by Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE., CMG.

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