The state pension age for men and women is currently 65 but will increase to 66 by October 2020. The pension age will then rise to 67 between 2026 and 2028. Age UK’s policy expert Sally West explained the three options 1950s women are left with after not being able to claim their state pensions.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Ms West said: “Women in that situation are in a very difficult place.
“If people can carry on working or maybe find a job again that can be an option for some people but not always.
“If you can’t work then it goes back to whether seeing there’s any support with the benefits system, making sure you’re not missing out.
“For example, carers might be able to get a benefit called carers allowance.
“There’s also other disability benefits and means-tested benefits like Universal Credit.
“In some situations, there are charities and voluntary organisations who can help out.
“Sadly we’re hearing a lot about people who are having to go to food banks.”
She went on to reveal Age UK’s plan which suggests some claimants should have early access to their pensions.
Ms West said: “We are continuing to press the Government to have a look at what can be done for people in a situation and struggling.
“We’re particularly interested in thinking about people that can’t work because they’ve got ill-health, disability or because they’re a carer.
“If somebody is approaching state pension age and in these situations.
“You can’t work if you have health issues and you’re never likely to work again.
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“We think there should be some changes in the law perhaps to give people in these circumstances early access to their pensions or making the benefits system easier for people in this situation.
“For people that have been affected most by the rise in state pension age have perhaps had low income all their lives or periods out of work because of ill health care.
“They’re going to be more reliant on their state pension because they haven’t had the same opportunities to build up private pensions.
“That’s why we do feel the Government needs to be looking at addressing some of the issues of people in these situations.”
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