Changes to State Pension Age for Women
The Government has changed the state pension age. This is the earliest age you can claim your state pension. Up to 2010 women received their state pension at age 60 but since April 2010 the age at which women can claim has been changing.
From today (6th November 2018) the state pension age for women will rise to 65 to match the age for men for the first time. In October 2020 the state pension age will increase to 66 for men and women and to age 67 from 2026.
In 1995 the Government made the decision that the state pension age for women would rise slowly between April 2010 and April 2020 to age 65. However in 2011 the process was speeded up with the state pension age for women rising to 65 by November 2018. Campaign Group, Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI), are concerned that many women born in the 1950s have had little time to adjust their plans and savings as they had the shortest notice of these changes. Some women had as little as a year before they planned to retire when they were told about this change leaving many with no other source of income and struggling to make ends meet. WASPI are campaigning for compensation for those women who were unaware that their state pension age was going to rise.
You can keep working after you reach state pension age as the default retirement age (forced retirement at age 65) no longer exists.
You can find out more information and check your state pension age here:
See the WASPI website for more information about their campaigns: