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10,000 call for state pension age increase to be abandoned

A 10,000 signature petition launced in conjunction with a group close to Labour will be delivered to Downing Street today calling on the Government to abandon plans to accelerate the increase in the state pension age.

The Government’s pension bill intends to raise the state pension age for women to 65 by 2018 to bring it in line with the SPA of men with both rising to 66 by 2020. Under current legislation left by the last Labour government, it would equalise with men by 2020 with both raising to 66 by 2026.

Labour have been pressing for the acceleration to be slowed saying it leaves 500,000 having to wait an extra year and 33,000 women an extra two years for their state pension without enough time to adapt to the changes.

The petition was launched in February by Unions Together which campaigns for Labour and its poster girl, 57 year old Barbara Bates (pictured) from County Durham who will have to wait two extra years.

Bates says: “I feel like the rug has been pulled out from under me. I have worked since I was 15 and since the 1990s I have expected to retire in 2018, when I will be 64. Suddenly I have found out with very little notice, I will have to work until I am 66.”

Pensions minister Steve Webb defended the plans at a Work and Pension select committee hearing in March saying equalising men and women’s state pension age in 2020 would save £10bn less than the Government’s plans.

Shadow pensions minister labour MP Rachel Reeves says: “The Government is unfairly targeting these women with this sudden rise in the state pension age. If these plans become law, they will leave women with little time to prepare for their retirement.”

Webb told the committee: “I do not take this decision lightly but exempting those women would cost more than £300m and if we exempt them, people just outside this group would start asking: ‘what about me?’.”

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  1. Simples ! Let men retire at 60 and keep two groups of people happy ! 🙂 Whjta is a few more billion of debt between friends ! Don’t worry, I’m not serious. Unfortunately that is what ‘equality’ gets you 🙁

  2. Yep there is too much “equaity but only when it suits me” in the UK.

    Also another point is that it is likely that the new universal state pension will only apply to those who retire in or after 2015. It will not apply to those who ahve already reached pensoin age. The more people that get their state pensoin age put back the more will qualify.

    If your state pensoin age was pushed back from 2014 to 2015 but your BSP was increased from £102 p/w to £155 p/w will you really be complaining that much?

  3. Both my parent having worked all there lives died before pension age, where has the money gone?Yes goverment coffers….maybe I could claim benefit from both there contibutions which would enable me to take a part time job on retirement at 60yrs and then I would not be looking after my grandchildren AND working full time which I do now allowing my daughters to work rather than claimimg benefits:(

  4. It is immoral to increase the women’s retirement age. I am a 42 year old man and cannot believe the spiteful comments I’ve read here and on other pages. This is the divide and conquer tactic the government uses to get us fighting amongst ourselves. Surely we should rejoice that our mothers, sisters, wives and daughters can retire earlier than us. After all, they are the ones who carry human lives. They are the ones who suffer pain every month of their child bearing lives. Another 1,2,3,4,5 or 6 years of work at the age of 60 could seriously curtail their life expectancy. Are we really that petty that we want them to suffer, just because we feel we are? Speaking for myself I say we need to fight this like our lives depend on it. They will literally work us into the grave. They are already talking about a 67, and 68 age of retirement. I’ve heard 70 mentioned too. Birth School Work Death. There has got to be more to life than that.

  5. @ Steve: I’ve never read such left-wing, tree-hugging nonsense in all my life. Are you seriously suggesting that women should be allowed to retire on full state pension 6 years earlier than men because they give birth and menstruate?! Good God, man, why don’t you grow a set of balls and stop being such an absolute pussy!

    Women wanted equality and, unfortunately for them, that works both ways. In fact, if we were being entirely fair about it, men would retire on full state pension several years earlier than women to reflect their lower life expectancy. What do you make of that proposal?

  6. Sadly, Mr Anonymous must consider himself divided and conquered. He’s added a spiteful comment after I said we should not get drawn into fighting amongst ourselves. The women in his life will benefit if we fight these changes too.

    Please read, sign, publicise and link to this petition below. Thank you.

    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/320

    Keep the State Pension age at 60 for women and 65 for men

    The State Pension age for men and women must remain at 65 and 60 respectively. No current or future governments are to change that. If people are living longer that does not change the fact that a 60 year old is still 60 years old – with all the hardships and weariness that come with age. Working for 40 years is enough for anyone, but women and men are different. Women carry human life. This is not an equality issue (maybe an equality of misery issue). We do not want our mothers, sisters, daughters and wives to be forced to work until they are older than 60 years old. The people of this country will do what they can to help this country. But we will not be forced to work until we drop. Birth, school, work, death. There has got to be more to life than that.

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