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State pension age review to be led by ex-CBI chief

Government announces former CBI director general John Cridland will head review into sustainability of state pension age.

State pension age review to be led by ex-CBI chief

A government review of the state pension age will be led by former director general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) John Cridland, it has been announced.

Under the 2014 Pensions Act, the government must review the state pension age in each parliament in light of changes in life expectancy and wider changes in society to help ensure the sustainability of the state pension.

Cridland’s review will be the first to take place under the new legislation, and will report to the secretary of state for work and pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, in time to allow the government to consider the recommendations by May 2017.

Cridland was director general of the CBI between 2011 and 2015 and previously served on the government’s Low Pay Commission.

Pensions minister Ros Altmann said: ‘[Cridland] has made an impressive contribution to both government policy and business throughout his career and is well placed to report on this issue. I am confident that he will produce a thorough, carefully considered, wide-ranging review of this issue which affects the lives of millions of people.

'As our society changes it is only right that we continue to review state pension ages and take into account the relevant factors to make sure that the state pension is sustainable and affordable for future generations.’

Altmann and the Department for Work and Pensions have been under fire from campaigner in recent months over rising state pension ages.

Since 2010 women’s state pension age been rising from 60 to 65 to equalise with men. It was effectively an acceleration of rises set out in the 1995 Pension Act.

Hundreds of thousands of women born in the 1950s have seen their state pension age increase, some by as much as six years.

3 comments so far. Why not have your say?

Keith Cobby

Mar 02, 2016 at 10:03

The meddling continues. I have told my young son not to expect anything from the state and that he will have to make his own provision.

The end game here is a means tested state pension.

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Michael Stevens

Mar 02, 2016 at 16:47

The answer is simple. When the State Pension was first introduced the retirement age was 70. The age should be increased by one year every five years. Therefore by 2040 the State Pension Age will be 70.

The qualifying years for a full pension should be increased 44years as it was before it was reduced by the Labour government of Tony Blair.

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Ian Gregory

Mar 22, 2017 at 14:34

Would you want or expect a 70 year old roof tiler or scaffolder to turn up at your home,I think not.

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