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09 October 2020

State Pension age continues to rise

The age at which people can start claiming a State Pension has now officially risen from 65 to 66.

The increase, which has been taking place gradually since December 2019, applies equally for both men and women, and affects anyone born on, or after, 6 October 1954.

In recognition that many people are now living longer, the State Pension age is expected to continue rising in phases like this over the coming years.

An increase from 66 to 67, is already in law and will take place between April 2026 and March 2028. The State Pension age is then expected to reach 68 by 2039.

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 Remember that the State Pension age is likely to be different to the Normal Retirement Age stipulated in your workplace pension.