Pensions Acts From 1995

State Pension age changes are enacted through Primary Legislation (Acts of Parliament). Acts which affected WASPI women were enacted between 1995 and 2011, initially equalising the State Pension age with men and then raising the State Pension age to 66. Subsequent Acts, from 2014 onwards, continue to raise the State Pension age for both men and women. The Pensions Act 2014 includes a requirement to review the State Pension age every 6 years. These reviews, which may change the State Pension age, are also included in the list.

Legislation date published / enacted Impact link to
State Pension Age review: Policy Paper Jul-17 Increase the State Pension age from 67 to 68 in 2037–39, bringing it forward by seven years from its
current legislated date of 2044–46.
SPa Review 2017
State Pension Age Timetables Shows part of the 1995 Act timetable, and the amendments made in the 2011 Act timetable (bringing forward the equalisation to 65, and the increase for both men and women to 66), and amendments made in the 2014 Act timetable (bringing forward the increase to 67) spa-timetable.pdf
Pensions Act 2014 The Government will seek to provide a minimum of 10 years’ notice for individuals affected by new changes to their State Pension age. Pensions Act 2014
Pensions Act 2011 03-Nov-11 Brought forward the increase in State Pension age to 66 by October 2020. To achieve this, the Act brought forward the increase in women’s SPAa so that it reaches 65 in November 2018 (rather than April 2020) Pensons Act 2011
Increased qualifying years from 30 to 35.
Pensions Act 2007 Increased the equalised State Pension age to 66 over 2 years from 2024; then to 67 over 2 years from April 2034; then to 68 over 2 years from April 2044 Pensions Act 2007
Reduced qualifying years to 30 (formerly 44 for men and 39 for women
Pensions Act 1995 Equalised State Pension age to 65 between 2010 and 2020 Pensions Act 1995