Would you be happy to work until the age of 70?

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 24 Mar 2017

WORKERS under the age of 30 may not be able to get their state pension until the age of 70 - with those under the age of 45 may have to work until they are 68.

The findings come after two reports were published, one analysis by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and a second report, by John Cridland CBE, the state pension age independent reviewer.

The government is due to make a decision on both reports by May, which raise the possibility that millions of people may have to work longer to qualify for a state pension. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) suggest that workers under the age of 30 may not get a pension until the age of 70, whilst Mr Cridland, proposes that those under the age of 45 may have to work a year longer, to 68.

Tom McPhail, head of retirement at Hargreaves Lansdown commented: "This report is going to be particularly unwelcome for anyone in their early 40s, as they're now likely to see their state pension age pushed back another year.

"For those in their 30s and younger, it reinforces the expectation of a state pension from age 70, which means an extra two years of work."

Ministers are under pressure to address the expected rise in the cost of pensions, which stems from longer life expectancy and the increasing ratio of pensioners to workers.But at least six million people face the prospect of having to work longer.

Experts from the Government Actuary's Department (GAD) said the state pension age could be raised as high as 70 as soon as 2054. Under existing plans, the state pension age is due to rise to 68 for those born after 1978.This "extreme" scenario involves an assumption that people spend 32 per cent of their adult life in retirement. The conventional assumption until now has been that people will spend 33.3 per cent of their lives in retirement.

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In the worst-case situation, the GAD calculations also suggest that the change in the retirement age from 67 to 68 could be pulled forward by as much as 16 years.So while that increase is not due to happen until 2044, it could be brought in as soon as 2028, affecting those now in their late 50s.

Former pensions minister Steve Webb was highly critical of the GAD's scenario and said: "This is not what parliament voted for and is clearly driven by the Treasury. It is one thing asking people to work longer to make pensions affordable, but it is another to hike up pension ages because the Treasury sees it as an easy way to raise money."

However, the other report, by the former CBI chief John Cridland, foresees more modest changes.He recommends bringing the change from 67 to 68 forward by seven years, from 2046 to 2039. That would mean anyone currently under the age of 45 having to work an extra year.

The changes are due to be phased in gradually, over a two-year period in each case and Mr Cridland said there should be no up-rating from 68 to 69 before 2047 at the earliest, and that the pension age should never rise by more than one year in each ten-year period.

He also suggests that the so-called triple lock be ended in the next parliament.Up to now the triple lock has guaranteed that the state pension rises each year by inflation, earnings or 2.5 per cent, whichever is the highest.However, by linking the rise in pension payouts to earnings alone, the bill for pensions would fall from 6.7 per cent of GDP to 5.9 per cent of GDP by 2066.

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