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ICTU Criticises Moves By Govt. To Raise The Pension Age.

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The Pension Commission says the 68 should not happen until 2039.

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has criticized moves by the government to raise the pension age saying it went too far too fast.

A new report has recommended the government delay increasing the state pension age. The qualifying age was meant to rise from 66 to 68 by 2028.

But a study from the government-established Pension Commission has said the increase to 68 should not happen until 2039.

Dr. Laura Bambrick Head of Social Policy at ICTU said the report has some positive findings.

Sinn Fein says people should have the right to retire at 65 with the State pension.

Louise O’Reilly believes people should be able to retire at 65 if they want to

Unions say the Pensions Commission didn’t "consider all the evidence" when recommending raising the state pension age.

The qualifying age was previously meant to go to 68 in 2028.

While recommending delaying this until 2039, the commission said the state pension age will eventually have to rise.

Siptu economist Michael Taft says a benefit payment introduced for 65 year olds earlier this year means the change won’t have much of an impact


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