From the people who brought you Universal Credit – how about working till 75 till you retire?
An influential right wing think tank the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) says Britain can no longer afford the current plan to raise the pension age to 67 in 2028 then 68 by 2046, so it must be speeded up.
It wants to see the pension age rise to 75 over the next 16 years.
This is based on a report from a think tank – but the CSJ, which is chaired by former DWP chief Iain Duncan Smith, has influence on Tory governments, and it is responsible for the creation of Universal Credit.
CSJ boss Andy Cook said: “Working longer potentially improves health and wellbeing– we don’t do enough to help older people stay in work.
"The state pension doesn’t reflect healthy working life expectancy.”
Brian Sloan, chief executive of Age Scotland, said: “Raising the state pension age to 75 would be a retrograde step that would have a devastating impact on Scotland’s poorest older people.”
Jan Shortt of the National Pensioners Convention added: “The longer you work the more ill you become and the less likely you are to even reach retirement age.”
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Should the state pension age be raised to 75?