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The State Pension age is currently 65 for men and it is gradually increasing for women from 60 to 65 - it's 63 and nine months from April 2017, and 64 and six months by April 2018.

New plans announced in July 2017 now mean that the rise in the pension age to 68 will now happen in 2039, which will affect people born between 6 April 1970 and 5 April 1978.

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You can check your State Pension age by using the Government's State Pension calculator or calling Age UK Advice on 0800 169 2081.

Upcoming increases to State Pension age

From 2019, the State Pension age will start to increase for both men and women to reach 66 by 2020.

The Government is planning further increases, which will raise the State Pension age from 66 to 67 between 2026 and 2028.

The rise in the pension age to 68 will now happen in 2039, rather than in 2046 as was originally proposed, according to new measures announced in July 2017.

You can check your State Pension age by using the Government's State Pension calculator or calling Age UK Advice on 0800 169 2081.

What the Government's State Pension age review means for you

Since the Government announced its State Pension age review on 1 March 2016, there has been some media coverage about future increases to the State Pension age.

Legislation agreed in the last parliament introduced a process of reviewing the State Pension age around every five years.

The announcement does not affect the existing planned changes to State Pension age (as explained above), but the State Pension age for those born after those dates will be reviewed.

The review will submit its recommendations to Government by May 2017. It will consider changes in life expectancy, wider changes in society and the sustainability of the State Pension.

We do not have full details of how this will be carried out, but there is a commitment to consult widely and Age UK will be contributing to the review.

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Further information

For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 678 1174

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