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State pension age ‘rethink’ needed as life expectancy gap widens – how Britons can act

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State Pension age changes have been happening gradually, as the age at which a person becomes eligible for payments has increased. This, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), has said, is as a result of increasing life expectancy, and more time spent than ever before in retirement. While the most recent change means the state pension age has been set at 66 for most Britons, there are further increases on the horizon in the Government’s timetable.

He said: “Everybody should be able to look forward to a decent retirement.

“But the gap in healthy life expectancy between rich and poorer areas remains huge, and in the case of women is widening.

“The Government must rethink its plans to raise the state pension age.

“This risks making inequalities worse and pushing more people into poverty.

“It makes no sense to make people who are forced out of labour due to ill health, wait longer for their pension.”

When looking at the measure of deprivation in certain areas, the ONS takes numerous issues into account.

These include: health, living environment, employment, income, education and crime.

With the stark data released, it may be necessary for Britons to take matters into their own hands as much as possible.

Individuals can use the state pension forecast tool on the Government’s official website to gain a better understanding of their entitlement.

The tool will inform people of how much they can expect to receive at retirement, and when they are set to receive it.

Aside from the state pension, though, and with further increases on the horizon, some may wish to put aside their own money for retirement.

It is generally advised saving for retirement, whether through a workplace pension, private arrangement or both, is a sensible choice.

Most people are automatically enrolled into a workplace pension, but may choose to put additional sums of money into this arrangement.

Tools such as the Money Advice Service and PensionWise can help Britons to understand the options which best suit their circumstances. 

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