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State pension set for radical shake up

Bill Henderson MHK

Major proposals to overhaul the existing state pension system have been unveiled today.

A 640-page report from consultants Ci65 says the current system is out of date and broken.

It says this will result in the exhaustion of the National Insurance fund, from which state pensions are paid, by 2047 - seven years sooner than initially thought.

The report recommends a raft of changes to mitigate this risk among them boosting the retirement age, increasing NIcontributions totalling an additional £10 million and introducing a new flat rate pension of £180 - the Manx pension supplement will also be phased out over the next 20 years.

It's unlikely people already receiving pensions would feel the impact, however estimates reveal the retirement age for a 30 year old would now stand at 71.

Treasury MHK Bill Henderson MHK says although Tynwald is yet to approve anything there is a feeling that change is essential:

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