Why you might be affected
For women born in the 1950s, the change in the State Pension age can mean waiting up to six years longer than expected for the State Pension. Lack of notice of the changes may mean that you didn’t have enough time to make other financial arrangements or that you made decisions, such as accepting redundancy, because you thought you‘d be getting your pension sooner than is now the case.
Working patterns were different in the past. As a woman born in the 1950s you may be more dependent on the State Pension because you:
- didn’t have access to a workplace pension
- have been out of the labour market
- had or have caring responsibilities
- don’t have a private pension.
If you’re not sure when you can claim your State Pension, check gov.uk/state-pension-age.
Claim what you’re entitled to
If you’re facing financial difficulty as a result of the changes, make sure you’re claiming all the benefits you’re entitled to. You may qualify for working age benefits such as Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit, depending on your circumstances, as well as Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support. If you’re living with a health condition or a disability you may be entitled to additional support.
Caring for someone else
If you spend time looking after someone else, you have rights and there is help available. For example, you may qualify for Carer's Allowance. You should also check that the person you’re caring for is getting all the support they’re entitled to. Carer's Allowance could affect their benefits so seek advice before claiming.
Many employers value the skills and experience of older workers. If you need to continue working but can’t or don’t want to work full-time, it may be possible to organise more flexible working arrangements with your employer.
If you’re looking for work, you don’t have to say how old you are when you apply for a job and employers are not allowed to discriminate on the grounds of age. If you need help, perhaps to learn new skills or improve your CV or interview technique, there is support available, for example from the National Careers Service or your local Jobcentre Plus.
If you need financial advice, the Society of Later Life Advisers specialises in advice for older people. Go to societyoflaterlifeadvisers.co.uk.