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Age rise to 68 will push 75% on to disability benefits

Three-quarters of people will be unable to work or will be restricted in what they can do by their health if the state pension age rises to 68, according to a leading public health academic.

Speaking at a discussion hosted by the British Medical Association last week, BMA president Sir Michael Marmot said the rise would push people on to disability benefits. He said: “Three-quarters of the population do not have a disability-free life expectancy as long as 68. The effect would be to push people off pension on to disability benefits – a dubious social advance that would save no money.”

Marmot is conducting a twoyear review into European health inequalities for the World Health Organisation after completing a review covering England for the previous Labour Government.

The retirement age would rise to 66 in 2020, affecting 1.5 million people. A rise to 68 is expected by 2046, the date suggested by Lord Turner in his pension commission report.

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