The move to equalise male and female pension ages began 25 years ago, under John Major’s government, and has been gradually phased in.
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But critics say that women are still a long way from pension equality, as the amount they typically receive is lower.
From now on, men and women will see their state pension ages go up in tandem – increasing to 66 by October 2020, and 67 by 2028.
The government has also accepted the findings of the Cridland review, which recommended that the pension age should rise further – to 68 – by 2039.
The move to increase the state pension age is the result of increasing longevity.
A girl born in 1951 had a life expectancy of 82 years. A girl born today can expect to reach the age of 93.
Over the same period, boys’ life expectancy has increased from 77 years to 90.
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