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GMB calls for retirement age review as life expectancy for women in poorest areas falls

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25 Feb 2020
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The Government is driving up the retirement age at exactly the wrong time, says GMB Union

GMB has called for a review into retirement age after a report from the Institute of Health Equity found life expectancy for women in the poorest 10% of areas has fallen for the first time in 100 years. 

The report also found that so-called ‘deaths of despair’ relating to drugs, alcohol and suicide are also on the rise amongst the middle-aged.

The state pension age is due to rise to 66 in October of this year.

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary, said:

“The Government is driving up the retirement age at exactly the wrong time, cheating hard-working people out of their pensions when we should be looking after them. 

“Endless Tory austerity has hollowed out our ability to care for our elderly, leaving many of our eldest working just to survive. 

“We now have evidence life expectancy is getting shorter  - the Government can’t ignore this.

“If the Conservatives cared about our elders, they would lower the retirement age and ensure people can access the pensions and care they need for a good quality of life.”

 
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