Today, Debbie Abrahams MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions met with pensioners and local residents at the Fishergate Community Centre to discuss how a future Labour government can provide dignity and security in retirement.
The Conservative Government has announced plans to bring forward the retirement age increase from 66 to 68 from 2037, which will see over 7 million people having to work longer.
Analysis by the Labour Party shows that tens of thousands of people in every constituency who are currently under 48 years old will be affected, including 12,200 in East Worthing and Shoreham.
Labour has rejected this increase to the State Pension Age and instead is reviewing a flexible retirement age as part of the party’s Commission on Pensions.
Debbie Abrahams MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said:
“It was great to visit East Worthing and Shoreham today, one of Labour’s top target seats for the next General Election.
“Thanks to the Tories increasing the State Pension age, over 7 million people will be forced to work longer, at the same time that evidence indicates life expectancy has stalled in some places and is reducing in others.
“The Tories must explain to the tens of thousands of people in their constituencies why the burden of Tory austerity is being pushed onto them, whilst corporations and the richest individuals receive tax breaks.
“Labour will leave the State Pension age at 66 while we look at the latest evidence. This tour will help us to better understand people’s experience of the pension system, with a view to guaranteeing a secure and healthy retirement for the many, not just the few.”