TUC labels increased retirement age as 'unfair'

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has labelled as "unfair" new suggestions that over 50s should be made to work for longer to gain entitlement to a state pension.

Former Pensions Commission chairman Lord Turner recently told the BBC that initial predictions on the increase of the state pension age over the coming years were not radical enough and suggested that older people could soon expect to receive their pension at age 70.

The statement came after recent figures from the Department for Work and Pensions showed that at least 1.4 million over 50s are already continuing to work into retirement to supplement their pension provision.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber expressed his concern about the trend and called for state pension schemes to offer greater choice and flexibility for over 50s.

He said: "It's absolutely right to give people the choice of working longer, but making people doing heavy, repetitive or dull jobs work longer for a pension would be unfair."

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