Poorest ‘hit hardest’ by state pension age rises, say Age UK

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Groups with low life expectancy should be able to ‘get state pension early’, say Age UK.

The poorest and most disadvantaged are set to be hit the hardest if state pension age continues to rise based on life expectancy alone, Age UK has warned.

Increases in average life expectancy have led to a rise in the state pension age in recent years – it’s currently on course to reach 67 by 2028 for both men and women.

But while most people will live to 67 and beyond, there are many – particularly men in more deprived areas and lower social classes – who are unlikely to make it to state pension age in good health.

In Glasgow City, for example, additional figures show that healthy life expectancy at birth is just 55.9 years for men and 58.5 years for women – nearly 10 years below the current state pension age.

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