State Pension Age Increase for Women - March 2016

There has been considerable press coverage recently surrounding the increase in women's state pension age.

The 1995 Pensions Act provided for the state pension age for men and women to be equalised at 65 by April 2020. Women's state pension age started to rise from 60 in April 2010 - for women born between April 1950 and April 1955, the pension age was progressively increased towards 65, while for women born after April 1955, the state pension age was increased immediately to 65.

The 2011 Pensions Act then accelerated the implementation of the increase in women's state pension age to 65 by November 2018, and the implementation of the increase to 66 for both men and women by April 2020.

The Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign on women's state pension age argues that women have not been given sufficient notice of the acceleration of the increase in the state pension age under the 2011 Pensions Act. The WASPI campaign succeeded in securing a debate in Parliament. The campaign is aiming to collect over 200,000 signatures in support of fairer transitional state pension arrangements for women born in the 1950’s who are particularly disadvantaged by the accelerated increase in state pension age. To sign the petition, please follow this link:

To find out when you can draw your state pension, how to get a state pension forecast and how to defer your state pension, follow these links: