Britain’s biggest pensioner organisation, the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) has described today’s government announcement to bring forward the state pension age (SPA) of 68 by seven years as “unbelievable and unacceptable”.
Jan Shortt (double t), the general secretary of the NPC said: “Despite masses of evidence, including one report just yesterday showing that rising life expectancy has now come to a halt for the first time in a century – the government has made an unbelievable claim that everyone is living longer! The UK is marked by gross health inequalities, and just because someone is kept alive for a few more years does not mean they are still fit to work. In fact only half of all years spent in retirement are in good health.”
“This proposal is going to have a terrible effect on many of those working in demanding, stressful and very physical jobs. Generation X born in the mid 60s to late 70s are the ones who are being told they must work longer, pay more and get less when they retire – and the real reason is so that the government can save on pension payments. This is completely unacceptable and must be opposed before Parliament decides on the matter in 2023.”