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Reform of State Pension Age

Country of implementation
United Kingdom
General short description of the innovation
The Pensions Act 2011 raised the SPA to 66 for both men and women by 6 October 2020, with the original intention to rise it for both men and women to 68 by 2050. In his 2013 Autumn Statement Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced that this would be brought forward to the mid-2030s, and a rise to 69 is expected to be brought in at some point in the late-2040s, with a further rise to 70 by the 2060s. State Pension age is the earliest age at which people can start to claim their State Pension but reaching this age does not mean they have to claim their pension or have to retire.
Target group
Older Workers
Policy Field
  • pension
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
since 2011
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: structural
  • Spatial coverage: national
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • regulations of the labour market
Intended target group
Older workers who wish to claim pension benefits
Working age population
  • main source of income: paid work
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • central state
Intended output
  • regulation of the labour market
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