Theresa May’s fateful decision to bring forward changes to the state pension age may come back to haunt her, as new analysis by the Labour Party reveals that tens of thousands of her own constituents are set to be affected by the unpopular policy.
Data obtained by Labour from the House of Commons Library finds that nearly 37 million people in total will be affected, including 56,547 people in Theresa May’s constituency of Maidenhead.
The data also shows that 61,753 people who are under the age of 47 will be hit by the changes in Chancellor Philip Hammond’s constituency of Runnymede and Weybridge.
59,290 people will also be affected in the Work and Pension Secretary David Gauke’s constituency of South West Hertfordshire, the Independent reports.
State pension age for men and women will be equalised at 65 at the end of 2018, before rising to 66 in 2020 and then 67 in 2028.
This will then rise again to 68 between 2037 and 2039, meaning those born between 1970 and 1978 will be made to wait an extra year before becoming eligible to claim.
Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Debbie Abrahams, said: “Thanks to the Tories increasing the state pension age, 36.9m people will be forced to work longer, at the same time that evidence indicates life expectancy has stalled in some places and is reducing in others.”
She called on Tory MPs to “explain to the tens of thousands of people in their constituencies why the burden of Tory austerity is being pushed on them, while corporations and the richest individuals receive tax breaks.”
Abrahams added: “Theresa May should answer her 56,547 constituents, and the 36.9m people across Britain, whose hard-earned retirements are being postponed because of her Government.”
Labour is to begin a “national state pension tour” to draw attention to how many people will be affected and voice their opposition to the policy.