This Conservative Government has tried to justify the accelerated increase in the state pension age on improvements in life expectancy. The evidence from several analyses is clear: increases in life expectancy have slowed markedly and at older ages may even be reversing.
The Government must think again about accelerating the increase in the state pension age to 68, and given that women are most adversely affected by these life expectancy changes, they must provide transitional support for women born in the 1950s as Labour has been calling for.
In addition to the impacts on pensions, we must understand why improvements in life expectancy are now faltering. This needs the Government to commission an independent inquiry.
My comment and the full article on Guardian can be found here.