08 January 2020
Islanders are reminded that from this month, Jersey’s Social Security pension age starts to rise incrementally. The current pension age of 65 will increase by two months every 10 months until it reaches the age of 67 in 2031.
People born before 1 January 1955 are not affected by this change and everyone born after 1 March 1964 will reach pension age when they turn 67. During 2020 people who have their 65th birthday before 1 November, will reach pension age at 65 years and 2 months. People with their 65th birthday in November and December 2020 will reach pension age at 65 years and 4 months.
Until 2025, people will still be able to claim a reduced old age pension from the age of 63 and a full pension will be available with a contribution record of at least 45 years. In 2025, when the pension age will be 66 years, an early pension may be claimed from age 64 and from 2031, when the pension age reaches 67, early pensions will be available from age 65.
Minister for Social Security, Deputy Judy Martin: “As people live longer lives, our Social Security system needs to change to reflect this. These changes are being introduced to protect the benefits that pensioners are entitled to.”
We are introducing changes to the pension age gradually over eleven years to allow islanders to plan for the future. I’d urge Islanders take a few minutes to check what they are entitled to, and when they will become entitled to it.”