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party chair. SNP condemns reported plan to bring forward rise in state pension age to 68 12:03 A government review of the state pension age is currently in the

pipeline. It was launched in December 2021 and, under a law requiring the state pension age to be reviewed during every parliament, the results must be published by May.

Mel Stride, the work and pensions secretary, hinted, when he gave evidence to a committee last year, that the review would lead to the state pension age rising more quickly

than planned. In a story for the Sun, Natasha Clark says an that announcement could come in the budget in March, and that the Treasury wants to state pension age to rise

to 68 as early as 2035 – instead of between between 2044 and 2046, as planned now. Clark says: The state pension age is already due to rise from 66 to 67

by 2028. The next increase — to 68 — was not due to happen until 2046, but an upcoming review is set to say it should be brought forward … The Treasury is said to

want the change to 68 to come in as early as 2035 — affecting those who are 54 and under today. The Sun has learnt the chancellor is eyeing up announcing the move as early

as the March budget. Clark says Stride himself is pushing for 2042, not 2035, as the date for the next increase because he is “arguing that predicted increases in

life expectancy have failed to materialise”.