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Raising retirement age a vote loser says Clerical survey

Political parties could lose millions of votes by pushing for an extension of the retirement age to 70, according to a poll by Clerical Medical.

When asked whether they would consider voting for a party that would bring in compulsory retirement at 70, 38 per cent said they would not.

The poll, taken in the wake of the publication of the Pensions Policy Institute report that proposed the raising of the retirement age to 70, also revealed over two thirds would not try to save more to retire earlier but accept that they would have to retire at 70.

A Clerical Medical spokeswoman said: “People today live longer and expect to enjoy a better quality of life during retirement with more holidays and hobbies.

“But our research highlights the contradiction, that despite wanting to retire early, few people will save up to be able to achieve it.”

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