Updated: Sep 3, 2020
The NPC General Secretary, Jan Shortt, has written to the Dr. Thérèse Coffey, Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, to urge government to suspend the planned increase in October of the state pension age to 66 and to work on a strategy to help those young people who have lost their livelihoods through the COVID-19 crisis to be brought back into the employment market.
A copy of the letter can also be found below.
Head Office: Marchmont Community Centre, 62 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AB Tel: 020 7837 6622 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.npcuk.org 03 July 2020 Dr. Thérèse Coffey Secretary of State Work & Pensions Department for Work & Pensions Caxton House Tothill Street London SW1H 9NA Dear Secretary of State, Re: State Pension Retirement Age The National Pensioners Convention is the largest campaigning organisation in the UK for older people. We work for the benefit of all pensioners, now and in the future. The state pension age is due to reach 66 for men and women this October and continue rising thereafter. The NPC has always opposed any increase to the state pension age of 65 and this is still our policy. We are writing to urge you to suspend the planned increase in October and to work on a strategy to help those young people who have lost their livelihoods through the COVID-19 crisis to be brought back into the employment market. There are a number of areas we ask you to consider and act on in light of the economic impact of the global pandemic:
Increases to state pension retirement age (SPA) already implemented have raised the number of older people in work, but have also significantly increased poverty rates for those just below state pension age.
Many workers in their sixties struggle with health conditions and, at a time when they would rightly expect to retire and take life a little easier, their quality of life and ability to cope is diminished.
Many people in their sixties are unable to work because of ill health, whi