Published On: Tue, Aug 20th, 2019

State pension latest news: Rise to 75 may ‘force the unhealthy elderly to work’ to survive | UK | News

Pensions Specialist at Royal London Helen Morrissey stunned Sky News hosts when she argued that a pension age rise could see the unhealthily old back to work. She noted that while overall life expectancy in the UK has been increasing, healthy life expectancy has not risen at the same rate. This could result in the unwell or unfit elderly being forced to return to jobs or maintain jobs that they are no longer fit to do.

Ms Morrissey told Sky News: “People often talk about the fact that we are living longer and that is the truth.

“But you have to make a really important distinction here between living longer and living longer healthily.

“Basically what we call healthy life expectancy has not kept up with the increases in life expectancy.

“With these plans here we are in a very real potential of people being forced to work in jobs that they are actually no longer capable of doing.”

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The Sky News host reflected on the sharp backlash from viewers regarding the idea of raising the pension age before reading out some of the comments posted on Twitter.

Beulah Dutton said: “Don’t even get me started on this!

“I’m 62 and when I started work I was promised my pension at 60, now 66.

“I care for my 87-year-old mother and childcare for 3 grandchildren and work part-time.

However, following a 2017 review, the Government announced plans to bring this forward, to between 2037 and 2039.

A new report by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has proposed accelerating the plans.

According to the report, the major overhaul has been suggested in order to boost the UK economy.

Under the think tank’s proposal, the state pension age would rise to 70-years-old by 2028 – which is less than 10 years away.

CSJ Chief Executive Andy Cook said: “Working longer has the potential to improve health and wellbeing, increase retirement savings and ensure the full functioning of public services for all. Right now, we are not doing enough to help older people stay in work and the state pension age doesn’t even closely reflect healthy working life expectancy.”

“All generations deserve to be supported in their choices and the current lack of support for older members of the UK workforce is both socially inexcusable and economically short-sighted. By increasing the State Pension Age, we can help people stay in gainful and life-enhancing employment while also making a sound long term financial decision.”

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