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Raising important issues for women returners

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How old will you be when you receive your pension?

The State Pension age is 65 for men and between 60 and 65 for women. 

  • If you are a woman born on or before 5th April 1950, you can get your State Pension from the age of 60.
  • If you are a woman born on or after 6th April 1955, you can get your State Pension from the age of 65.
  • If you are a woman born between 6th April 1950 and 5th April 1955, you can get your State Pension when you reach State Pension age.  This will be between 60 and 65, depending on your date of birth.

For further information take a look at the State Pension Age Calculator at The Pension Service website.

Facts to consider

  • 1 in 5 single women pensioners risk being in poverty in retirement.
  • 2.2 million women are not accruing rights to even the Basic State Pension.  Retired men on average have between £50 to £100 per week more private pension income than women of the same age.
  • The numbers of women who are saving for retirement halves when they have a baby.  The figure for men remains unchanged when they become new fathers.
  • 95% of people agree that women should have their own individual pension rights and should not rely on a husband or partner.
  • Nearly 6 out of 10 people agree that NI contributions should rise by 1% to give parents and those caring for others the same state pension rights as those who have been in paid work.

Source: EOC wesite

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