Despite the globalist orthodoxy that immigration can support an aging population, the British government – which is importing immigrants on a massive scale – looks set to raise the state pension age sooner than expected.
With immigration often claimed to be the driver of growth and the annual legal inflow easily clearing a record 1.1 million in the year to June 2021, one would expect a bounty of additional wealth to allow the government to reduce, not to increase the state retirement age.
In reality, however, it has risen from 60 for women and 65 for men to 66 for all, with further increases to first 67 and then 68 already phased in by 2046.
Now, however – and despite the fact that life expectancy has recently fallen by two years – Prime Minister Liz Truss’s government is reportedly trying to push that increase into the mid-2030s – perhaps a decade earlier than expected.
Cost of asylum seekers tops £2bn a year amid record waves of illegal boat migrantshttps://t.co/LljhTBdbsZ
— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) August 26, 2022
“You’re asking me to speculate on all sorts of decisions that haven’t been made yet,” Prime Minister Truss said when asked if raising the state pension age could go ahead.
“We’re dealing with a very difficult international situation, a slowing global economy, so yes, I’m going to do whatever it takes to fix those issues,” he added ominously.
The state pension is currently undergoing one of its regular reviews – a previous report by the Government Actuary had already warned that younger Britons may not be eligible for a state pension until they are 69 – which is expected to produce its findings next May.
“Any decision by the government to make today’s 50-year-olds wait longer for their state pension would leave hundreds of thousands of ordinary men and women with a miserable and impoverished period before they retire – a retrograde and deeply regrettable step. Caroline Abrahams, director of Age UK, commented in comments quoted by LBC.
Farage: London Foundation ‘Not getting’ level of anger over immigration in countryhttps://t.co/nuoS6N6auS
— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) July 27, 2022