The UK Government is to raise the state pension age to 68 from 2037, seven years earlier than planned.

The announcement was made just before the House of Commons broke for the Summer recess period, giving Members no time to question government ministers on the change.  New analysis from the House of Commons library found that each person affected by the change stood to lose around £9,800. (https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/jul/24/state-pension-changes-will-cost-7-million-people-10000-each)

This will have a detrimental impact on a large number of people in both Inverclyde and Scotland, meaning they will be forced to wait another year for their state pension.

The UK Government is already causing unnecessary pain for the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) and now we have more bad news on pensions.

As my SNP colleagues have stated, we will continue to call for the establishment of an independent Savings and Pensions Commission to responsibly consider pension policies.

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