Brits receive the lowest state pensions out of any country in the developed world


A shock report has revealed that British pensioners are now worse off than those retiring in India, China or Chile.

Our state pensions are actually the least generous in the developing world, the latest research from the OECD shows.

Brits earning the average salary of £26,500 will have to get by on less than a third of that if they are relying on a state pension. They are now looking at just £122.30 a week to retire on.

And worryingly, the Government Actuary has warned that the cost of the present British pension pot is too much.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) analysed state pensions in industrialised countries as a proportion of salary earned, taking into account taxes and social security payments.

Their research provides a stark snapshot of how effective countries’ pension systems are. And shockingly in the OECD’s breakdowns by gender, only South African men fare worse than British men in the industrialised world. And only South African and Mexican women are worse off than women retiring in the UK.

Shamefully, British pensioners would be FOUR TIMES better off retiring in Turkey or India.

Getting by on just 29% of an average salary is well below other poorer countries and all other European countries.

Italy, Portugal and Austria all manage to pay above 90% of a worker’s salary on retirement, Holland topping European countries by replacing 100% of a typical salary on retirement.

 “Those with no other private pension or savings will face a much bigger drop in spending power than pensioners in all other countries,” warned former pensions minister Baroness Altmann.

“What’s even more shocking is that the Government Actuary says the costs of paying UK state pensions are unaffordable.

“In the past, our low state pensions were supplemented by generous final salary-type pensions from employers, or by an earnings-linked part of the state pension.”

(c) OECD

And there are real concerns about Brits increasingly squeezed by the cost of living saving enough money for all the costs they will face in their retirement.

Under the Government’s controversial changes this year women will have to work until the age of 65 to match men, and the retirement age for both is set to rise to 66 over the next two years.

People entering the work place in Britain today are likely to have to work until well into their 70s before they can afford to retire.

The Government Actuary Department, forecasts Brits will have to work until the age of 70 in the 2050s and 71 in the 2060s.


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3 Responses

  1. Jason

    More anti propaganda as what qualifies a pension is what one pays into it. You want a big pension then you pay in a big premium….end of.

  2. John Lowe

    This article is a little misleading in that it deals with a pension level no longer payable. Persons retiring from 2016 onwards retire on c. £160 pw. if they have 35 years worth of NI contributions, thanks to recent reforms. No one retiring on the £122 (since uprated) has to live on that alone as Pension Credit is payable at that level. Some people historically paid higher contributions and obtained additional pension known as SERPS or later SSP.
    The article does not go into sustainability of state pensions. It is reckoned that NI contributions will have to rise considerably over the next 30 years or so as more people retire onto the new higher levels of pension.

  3. Andy

    And of course this affects 4% of all UK pensioners more than most because they never benefit from the annual index linked uprate on theır State Retirement Pension, because they live abroad in the “wrong” country and yet over 600,000 other pensioners who also live abroad are treated equally with those residing in the UK and do. Why should pensions for those living, for example, in the UK Virgin Islands be frozen at the level they are fırst paıd ın that country when those in The US Virgin Islands are not? There is no justification for this illogical ırrational anomaly….and now those living in an EU country are likely to benefit from special “reciprocal” agreement and contınue to get uprated after Brexit. Sımple questıon…. Why them and not us?

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