Published 16 March 2011
State Pension age changes – Government’s announcement
On 6 April 2010, the State Pension age for women started to increase gradually from 60 to 65, to match the State pension age for men.
The Government has announced new proposals for increasing State Pension age.
If the new proposals become law, the State Pension age will change for:
- women born between 6 April 1953 and 5 April 1960
- men born between 6 December 1953 and 5 April 1960.
These new proposals will increase women’s State Pension age to 65 more quickly between April 2016 and November 2018, so it will be the same as men’s.
Between December 2018 and April 2020, men's and women's State Pension ages will increase from 65 to 66.
The new proposals need to be agreed by Parliament before they become law. They are included in the Pensions Bill 2011.
The Government is also considering the timetable for future increases to the State Pension age from 66 to 68.
- More about calculating your State Pension age on Directgov
- Pensions Bill 2011 (Parliament website)