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State pension fury: Rishi Sunak under pressure as new petition to lower age to 63 soars


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The UK state pension is currently 66 for both men and women. However a petition on the official Houses of Parliament website, demanding it is reduced, has collected 5,469 signatures.

Created by Mark Grimes, it urges the Government to “reduce the state pension age to 63 for all”.

The petition states: “Reduce the state pension age to 63. Some jobs may not able to be done the older we get for example bricklayers, HGV drivers.

“Of course, there will always be an exception with some elderly people being more able than others.

“The Government should be doing more to create jobs for young people by allowing older people to retire if they choose to at 63 so that these jobs can be filled by younger people.


A petition is calling for the state pension age to be cut to 63 (Image: GETTY)


“The Government should be doing more to create jobs for youth people” (Image: GETTY)

“This would also protect elderly people from needing to work if that job is too demanding.

“This would also free up grandparents to support their children with childcare when they are working.”

If the petition reached 10,000 signatures the Government is required to issue a response.

Should it attract 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in Parliament.

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Reducing the pension age to 63 would blow a hole in Britain’s public finances (Image: GETTY)

The deadline for signing the petition is December 7, 2021, after which it will expire.

It follows reports the Government is planning to increase National Insurance to pay for social care.

This would result in a tax increase for 25 million people, in violation of the 2019 Conservative Party manifesto.

According to the Daily Telegraph Downing Street is considering a one percent National Insurance rise, while some in the Treasury are pushing for 1.25 percent.


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The Government could boost National Insurance to fund social care (Image: GETTY)


The Tories 2019 election manifesto ruled out a National Insurance increase (Image: GETTY)

The December 2019 Tory election manifesto said: “We promise not to raise the rates of income tax, National Insurance or VAT.

“We not only want to freeze taxes but to cut them too.”

Under the proposals individual social care costs could be capped, preventing many people having to sell their homes to fund support.

The extra money would also be used to clear the NHS backlog, which has developed during the coronavirus crisis.

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Currently 5.5 million people are waiting for NHS hospital treatment, but there are fears this could increase to 13 million.

However the plan has already come under fire from business leaders, who warn it could cost jobs.

Craig Beaumont, from the Federation of Small Businesses, warned the move could cause economic damage.


The state pension is currently 66 for both men and women (Image: GETTY)

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph he said: “Hiking the jobs tax on employees and employers would make it more expensive for businesses to create and maintain jobs.”

Kitty Ussher, from the Institute of Directors, warned businesses will “find it hard to understand why the Government would want to raise employer payroll taxes to pay for the necessary investment”.

The British economy shrank by 9.9 percent in 2020, as coronavirus hit, it’s worst figure for more than 300 years.

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