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21 December 2017

State pension age

The government has announced that the State pension age (SPA) will rise to 68, seven years earlier than planned. This could accelerate the rise in the SPA for certain people from 67 to 68 during 2037 to 2039.

The proposed changes will mean that people born:

  • Before 6 April 1970 won’t see a change to their SPA
  • Between 6 April 1970 and 5 April 1978 will see their SPA increase from 67 to 68

Since April 2014, our scheme retirement age has been linked to the SPA.  This means that EAPF members born between 6 April 1970 and 5 April 1978 will have to wait an extra year to reach their retirement age in our scheme, when this change is introduced.

Changing the SPA requires new legislation and approval of Parliament,
which could take until 2023.


The Government are making this announcement now, as they seek to provide a minimum of ten years’ notice for individuals affected by changes to their SPA.

You can check your SPA by going to or by looking at the normal pension age (NPA) indicated on your pension statement that we sent to you in August.