New pension age may be 66

The government is considering raising the state pension age from 65 to 66 in one go, if unions and employers fail to come up with an alternative plan to an increase, the Telegraaf reports on Thursday.

Quoting sources in the Hague, the paper says the plan to phase in an increase from 65 to 67 over several years could be replaced by a single jump to 66.
Pension experts have warned the phased increase from 2016, which has been suggested, will be complicated to implement.
The government want to raise the state pension age to help cut the budget deficit which has increased because of the recession.
But the FNV union is strongly opposed to the increase. Before the summer break, ministers agreed to give unions and employers until October 1 to find an alternative source for the cash savings.
The Telegraaf says hopes of a joint union and employer standpoint appear to be fading.

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