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PCS union warns people could work beyond 70 before getting state pension

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 08, 2013

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A UNION has warned people could have to work beyond the age of 70 before receiving a state pension.

It comes as the UK Government published its mid-term review.

The report says: "We will put in place a new mechanism to ensure that the state pension age reflects future changes in life expectancy."

The Government is already increasing the retirement age to 68 and has linked this to public sector pensions.

However, the Public and Commercial Sector union (PCS) said it had already opposed plans to increase the pension age as well as increases to monthly pensions contributions for public servants.

General secretary Mark Serwotka said: "Halfway through this government's term of office it is obvious that austerity isn't working and that the coalition's obsession with cuts is making our economic situation worse.

"Yet, rather than own up to the damage they are inflicting on people and communities across the country, ministers are scapegoating people who have to rely to benefits, encouraging neighbour to turn against neighbour in the most disgraceful way.

"If ministers were serious about wanting to offer older people 'dignity' they wouldn't be forcing them to put off their retirement until they are in their 70s."

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  January 08 2013, 12:27PM

    Let's see if a Labour Government reverses all the measures that Trades Unions are opposed to at the moment. I can remember Tony Blair taking office and keeping the Tory Governments plans for the first two years of his Government because he thought they were so good. Will Ed Milliband have the guts and the money to reverse everything? I doubt it.

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