Almost 15,000 people in Hove will have to work even longer before they can claim their pension, the town’s MP said in response to a government announcement.
Peter Kyle said: “14,900 people in Hove have just discovered that they will be forced to work for a full year longer before they are able to claim their state pension entitlement.
“A recent announcement by the Tory government that changes to the state pension will now be implemented seven years sooner than planned mean people will have to wait to access their state pension.
“Not only is this another bitter blow to people who are working hard while household incomes are falling, the Tories’ plans will also hit people financially – analysis shows that over a million people in the south east will lose out by £10,000 each under the new rules.
“And, perhaps even more worryingly, evidence also shows that people are now having to work for many years longer than they can expect to be in good health.
“The government’s own advisory body, Public Health England, recently published new data showing that people living in some places aren’t expected to be in good health after the age of 57, a full 11 years before they will be able to claim their state pension under the government’s changes.”
Mr Kyle, the Labour MP for Hove, said: “This is yet another attack on ordinary working people who quite simply deserve better.
“People cannot be expected to keep working for longer and longer, with no certainty as to when they will be able to claim their state pension.
“Labour believes in a measured and fair approach and we would keep the state pension age at 66 while we develop a flexible retirement policy to reflect both the contributions made by people, the wide variations in life expectancy and the arduous conditions of some work.”
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