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Poll: Should the State Pension age be dropped back to 65?

There has been a spike in those aged 65 claiming social welfare here as they are not yet eligible for the State Pension.

A REPORT IN today’s Irish Independent suggests that there has been a spike in the number of Irish 65-year-olds claiming social welfare here.

In the same report a spokesman for Age Action suggests that the anomaly is being seen as a result of those reaching that age being forced to retire from work but at the same time being unable to claim the State Pension until they reach 66.

The qualifying age for the State Pension was raised in 2014 from 65 to 66 and is expected to rise further over the coming years. Currently, almost five times as many 65-year-olds are claiming jobseeker’s benefit compared to 64-year-olds.

We’re asking: Should the State Pension age be dropped back to 65?

Poll Results:

Yes (19468)
No (2707)
I don't know (647)

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