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Proposed changes to State Pension age

  • Published: Wednesday, 3 November 2010

The government has recently published proposals to increase the State Pension age. The changes still need to be approved by Parliament. They will affect people born between 6 April 1953 and 5 April 1960.

Government's announcement on changes to State Pension age

Currently, the State Pension age for men is 65. On 6 April 2010, the State Pension age for women started to increase gradually from 60 to 65, to match men’s.

The government has recently announced new proposals to increase the State Pension age. The proposed changes to the timetable are not yet law and still require the approval of Parliament.

You will not be affected by these proposals if you are a woman born before 6 April 1953 or a man born before 6 December 1953.

Proposed changes affecting people born between 6 April 1953 and 5 April 1960

More details

You can read the full details of the government’s decision on the DWP website

The proposed changes to the State Pension age timetable, announced in November 2010, affect those born between 6 April 1953 and 5 April 1960.

Under the new proposals, from December 2018 the State Pension age for both men and women will start to increase to reach 66 by April 2020. This would mean that women’s State Pension age will increase more quickly to 65 between April 2016 and November 2018.

These proposed changes to the timetable are not yet law and still require the approval of Parliament.

Proposed changes for women

Date of birth

Date State Pension age reached

6 April 1953 to 5 May 1953

6 July 2016

6 May 1953 to 5 June 1953

6 November 2016

6 June 1953 to 5 July 1953

6 March 2017

6 July 1953 to 5 August 1953

6 July 2017

6 August 1953 to 5 September 1953

6 November 2017

6 September 1953 to 5 October 1953

6 March 2018

6 October 1953 to 5 November 1953

6 July 2018

6 November 1953 to 5 December 1953

6 November 2018



Proposed  changes for women and men

Date of birth

Date State Pension age reached

6 December 1953 to 5 January 1954

6 March 2019

6 January 1954 to 5 February 1954

6 July 2019

6 February 1954 to 5 March 1954

6 Nov 2019

6 March 1954 to 5 April 1954

6 March 2020

6 April 1954 to 5 April 1960

Your 66th birthday

Pension age calculator

If you were born on or after 6 April 1960 you should use the State Pension age calculator to work our your State Pension age.

The State Pension age calculator tells you the date at which you can get your State Pension under the current law.

The current law already provides for the State Pension age to increase to:

  • 67 between 2034 and 2036
  • 68 between 2044 and 2046

However, the government is considering how the State Pension age should be changed in the future. This may mean the timetable for increases to 67 and 68 will be revised. The government will bring forward proposals in due course.

Any change to the timetable would require the approval of Parliament.

More information

There is information available on pensions planning, Pension Credit, and on tax and financial support during retirement in the Pensions and retirement planning section of Directgov.

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