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Bringing forward state pension age is 'dangerous'

Bringing forward state pension age is 'dangerous'
11th September 2009

The Pensions Policy Institute (PPI) has proposed that the government should bring forward its state pension age raising of 68 by a few years instead of waiting until 2044 as is currently proposed.

This has worried a pair of charities in particular, which noted that the current gradual increase in the state pension age was agreed after a long consultation with experts.

Andrew Harrop, head of public policy for Age Concern and Help the Aged, said a shortening of this timescale could have serious implications for people approaching the age when they originally expected to be able to claim their state pension from authorities.

He continued: "It would be completely nonsensical to expect people to work for longer as long as the Default Retirement Age means employers can force workers out of a job at 65.

"The 2010 review is too late for people who need to continue working now; this outmoded law must be scrapped immediately."

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