Male life expectancy at birth in UK cities ranges from 70.8 years in Glasgow City to 83.7 years in Kensington and Chelsea. The results show that Conservative plans to raise the pensionable age to 66 from 2016 will have a different impact on retirement plans in different parts of the country.
The table below taken from the Office for National Statistics shows life expectancy at birth for seven local authorities (the highest, lowest, and five in between). Left Foot Forward has calculated the percentage of projected retirement that will be lost by raising the retirement age from 65 to 66.
In the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the average worker will lose 5.3 per cent of their retired life. This compares to 17.4 per cent in Glasgow City. In David Cameron’s constituency of Witney, in West Oxfordshire, people will lose 6.8 per cent of their retired life.
It should be noted that the figures are indicative. Those aged 65 are likely to live beyond their life expectancy at birth.
The Government originally planned to raise the retirement age in 2026. The Conservative plans are reported to save £13 billion per year but no savings will be realised in this parliament or the next. Speaking on BBC News this morning, Kevin Maguire of the Mirror described the move as “macho politics.”
The basic state pension is £95.25 for an individual. This means that the average male will lose £4,953 from raising the retirement age by one year to 66.
For those already aged 65 the spread of retirement lost is smaller. Using ONS figures, life expectancy at 65 in Glasgow is 78.8 and in Kensington & Chelsea is 87.7 (a spread of 8.9 years compared to 12.9 years at birth). Raising the age to 66 therefore means that someone who is 65 today will lose 7.2% of their retirement in Glasgow City but just 4.4% in Kensington & Chelsea.
UPDATE 16.30 (Oct 7th)
DWP are reporting that “Initial estimates suggest that raising the State Pension Age only for men to 66 in 2016 would only save £1.8bn in pension payments and £0.7bn in taxes and NICs, i.e. a total saving of approximately £2.5bn. (This doesn’t take account of Pension Credit which would reduce the savings further).”Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.