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Sunday, 30 October 2011

Amendments to the proposed increase in State Pension age

  • Published: Thursday, 13 October 2011

The government is to slow down the proposed increase in the State Pension Age from 65 to 66. The government has listened to concerns about the effect that the current proposals would have on certain groups of women.

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.

New proposals to increase the State Pension age are currently going through Parliament in the Pensions Bill. These proposals are not yet law and still require the approval of Parliament. It is these proposals that the government is amending to slow down the State Pension age increase.

Amendments to the Pensions Bill

Parliamentary approval

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

These changes will be tabled as an amendment to the Pensions Bill, currently passing through Parliament.

If this amendment is agreed by Parliament the State Pension age will not reach 66 until October 2020. The revised timetable is shown in the second table below.

This will mean that no woman will have an increase in her State Pension age, against the current timetable, of more than 18 months.

Proposed changes for women

The government’s amendment does not change the timetable for increasing women’s State Pension age from 63 to 65, which is proposed in the Bill and is shown below.

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

This table shows the revised increase in State Pension age from 65 to 66 (for men and women)

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 May 2019

6 February 1954 to 5 March 1954

6 July 2019

6 March 1954 to 5 April 1954

6 September 2019

 6 April 1954 to 5 May 1954

 6 November 2019

  6 May 1954 to 5 June 1954

 6 January 2020

 6 June 1954 to 5 July 1954

 6 March 2020

 6 July 1954 to 5 August 1954

 6 May 2020

 6 August 1954 to 5 September 1954

 6 July 2020

 6 September 1954 to 5 October 1954

 6 September 2020

6 October 1954 to 5 April 1960

Your 66th birthday


Planned State Pension age increases

Under the current law State Pension age will already 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.

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.

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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