Living longer and prospering

12 January 2011

Professor Sarah Harper, Dr Kenneth Howse
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New research has found that the current state pension system will become ‘unsustainable’ unless older people work for longer and the state pension age is raised possibly even higher than 66, as proposed recently by the government. The study concludes that the government should also consider introducing a variable state pension age to acknowledge the wide variations in life expectancy across the UK. The findings form part of a new paper¹ published jointly by the Oxford Institute of Ageing, University of Oxford and longevity specialists, Club Vita.