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Friday 11 August 2017

Pension delay another blow to NHS staff, says MiP

By MiP

MiP has condemned government plans to make NHS workers wait an extra year for their NHS and state pensions.

The government announced in July that it planned to bring forward by seven years the rise in the state pension age from 67 to 68. MiP members currently aged between 39 and 47 will now have to wait until they are 68 to pick up both their NHS and state pensions.

In a Commons statement, Work and Pensions secretary David Gauke claimed the move would save the government £74bn over the next 30 years, but presented no new evidence of changes to life expectancy to justify accelerating the government’s existing plans to increase the state pension age.

“This is another blow for those MiP members whose NHS retirement age is now linked to the state pension age,” said MiP chief executive Jon Restell. “This latest move is not prompted by people living longer. That’s unacceptable. We will be letting the Department of Health and NHS employers know what our members think in no uncertain terms.”

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