I have no idea why this was the image accompanying the BBC’s article. Is it supposed to signify time running out for us all? [Image: Getty Images.]

It isn’t so very long since people were saying the pension age should be lowered, from 65 (for men) and 60 (for women). How times change.

Successive governments decided that they would not be able to afford to pay, so they have been working on ways to force people to work longer, or die quicker.

That’s why so many new jobs have the variable working hours, lack of holiday and sick pay, and most notably lack of pensions that has made Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green so excited recently.

He’s absolutely delighted that fewer people will get to have pensions and will happily increase the age at which people are allowed to draw the cash towards which they’ll have paid for their entire working lives.

It’s a con – all of it. Working-age people now are entitled to the same benefits as the current generation of pensioners.

Note: I didn’t say “should be”. We are entitled to it.

Tories – and other right-wing governments – have tried to steal our rights away from us. For the sake of future generations as well as our own, we should tell them: “No.”

Two separate reports for the government have raised the possibility that millions of people may have to work longer to qualify for a state pension.

An analysis for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has suggested that workers under the age of 30 may not get a pension until the age of 70.

A second report, by John Cridland, proposes that those under the age of 45 may have to work a year longer, to 68.

The government is due to make a decision on both reports by May.

Source: State pension age could be raised to 70, says report – BBC News

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