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Teresa Coffey- disgraceful - Carers UK Forum

Teresa Coffey- disgraceful

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This woman disgusts me! Ignore it and we'll go away

'Too many people forced out of work before state pension kicks in!' Plans for review urged

The Government is set to conduct an independent state pension age review in the next 18 months. A think tank has argued the Government must seek to level-up healthy life expectancy ahead of legislating to increase the state pension age to 68.

The state pension age is currently 66 in the UK for both men and women, however it is set to rise in the coming years.

In 2028, the state pension age will increase to 67, and it is on course to go up again to 68 before 2050.

However, due to a recent fall in life expectancy in the UK, there have been calls for this to be reviewed and the state pension age to be reduced, rather than increased.

Average life expectancy in England fell by 7.8 weeks between 2018 and 2020, and in Scotland it fell by 11 weeks, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.

Because of this, many people feel aggrieved that they will be made to wait longer for their state pension despite living for less time on average.
It is believed that the drop in life expectancy is due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which may deter the Government from making any changes to its plans.

The International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC) has urged the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to set out their plans for the 2022 Independent State Pension Age Review.

The Government has set itself a target of increasing healthy life expectancy by five years by 2035, yet ILC believes little progress has been made so far.

David Sinclair, Director of ILC, commented on the issue of state pension age increases.

He said: "COVID-19 has likely had an impact on life expectancy and certainly had an impact on the employment rates of older workers.

"It also highlighted the huge disparities in how long we live and how healthy we are. Too many people are being forced out of work before the state pension kicks in.

"The Government has set itself an ambitious target of tackling inequalities in life expectancy, but there hasn't been an adequate plan to realise this goal.

"Considering how effectively we support people to work longer must play a part in the decision about whether to increase the state pension age. Yet older workers have been hit hard by COVID-19.

"The Government is due to undertake its next Independent State Pension Age review over the next eighteen months.

"If they want to follow their plans to increase the age we receive our pensions further, they must be clear about how they will mitigate the impact on those of us who aren't living longer and healthier lives.

"It is vital that the Government doesn't dodge the inequalities issues. We need a plan to level up healthy life expectancy."

One particular group affected by state pension age changes has been women born in the 1950s, who saw their retirement age go from 60 to 65, and later up to 66 in line with men.

The prominent campaign group Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) has fought on behalf of women who feel they were mistreated by the state changes which were brought in with the 1995 State Pension Act.

WASPI has argued that millions of women were not given enough notice of the state pension age changes, despite recommendations made to the Government, which advised women should be given up to 15 years' notice. They say women were not personally or appropriately notified when the changes were first brought in.

As a result, some women have unexpectedly been made to wait much longer to receive their state pension than other women of a similar age, with a one-year age difference on some occasions meaning an extra three-years of waiting to retire.

A DWP spokesperson said: "The Government decided over 25 years ago that it was going to make the state pension age the same for men and women as a long-overdue move towards gender equality. Raising State Pension age in line with life expectancy changes has been the policy of successive administrations over many years."

I have just noted that she is 51 years old; I am shocked by this!
Well I've already waited for four extra years longer and have another two more to go. And I can see nothing will change in the next two years.

I have been campaigning as a Waspi since by 58th birthday.
Hi sunnydisposition

I have lost 6 years pension and having worked from when I was 15 it's a very long time to wait!

I watched a short video today on the news where Teresa Coffey spoke very briefly quoting that pensions were raised in 1995, nothing about the unfairness or maladministration which has been admitted but nothing is done!

I watched her singing Time of my Life at a Tory conference; where's her shame!

She also fails to accept that benefit cuts fuel poverty; what planet is this woman on!

Why are people who are so out of touch with the realities of life allowed to make these decisions that basically ruin the working class lives whilst she lives a luxury life like all MP's!

The piece I posted is about discussions before they make a decision to increase pension age! How on earth can a working class man or woman who works physically hard, carry on working until they are 68; many people I know who are my age are in bad health/have disabilities including myself.

I have a cousin whom like myself worked from 15 years old, brought 2 children up, paid a mortgage and then for many years cared for her Mother whilst still working! She now works 15 hours per week, 3 5 hour shifts; she is struggling to stand for these 5 hours. She has to prove that she is looking for work/more hours. Recently she had a young woman telling her she should be working at least 32 hours! What an insult is this; she is being persecuted by Universal credit. Last week they told her that she would have to go and train to learn new skills so that she can find more hours of work, she has 6 months to go until she receives her pension! This is making her physically and mentally ill and it is so worrying to see her this way! She has had 2 minis strokes and cancer of the bowel. The very people who have robbed her of her pension are now her persecutors! She fell last week and all of her hand swelled up badly. For a woman who has done all the right things like myself and many other women, we have been treated abominably; what a grotesque injustice this has been for all the 50's women!

You can only imagine taking their pensions away, they would have you in court! These people at the top never fail to disgust me especially when they are corrupt in their dealings; all for more money and they tell us what we can live on.

Why don't they take less and give the poorer class a little more; they can afford to do this! We the working class can't!

As you can see I am very angry by what this Government are doing to decent people who have paid into the system all of their lives!