The Pensions Act 2011, which became law in November 2011, increases State Pension Age and further changes are planned.
Legislation was agreed back in 1995 to gradually increase women's State Pension Age from 60 to 65 over a 10-year period starting in April 2010.
The Pensions Act 2011 speeds up that process so women's State Pension Age will now reach 65 by November 2018 and then State Pension Age for both men and women will increase to 66 by October 2020.
Age UK campaigned for these changes to be delayed. We were particularly concerned about a group of women born in 1953 and 1954 who faced a delay of up to 2 years.
Although the Act was passed the Government agreed to modify the change so that the maximum increase will be 18 months.
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Other legislation increases State Pension Age to 68 by 2046 but the Government has announced that it wants this increase to happen faster.
The Government plans to increase State Pension Age from 66 to 67 between 2024 and 2026. The Government also intends to introduce automatic reviews of State Pension Age every 5 years with the first review planned to take place in 2017.
The aim is to maintain the proportion of time people spend in retirement as life expectancy changes.
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