From Tuesday 6 November 2018 women in the UK will begin to qualify for their state pensions at the same age as men – currently 65.
Women who are 65 on 6 November will therefore be the first to wait for as long as men.
For more than 60 years – up until 2010 – women received their pensions at the age of 60, but that has been rising ever since.
In total around 2.6 million women were affected by the 2011 changes. While some of them had time to adapt to a longer working life, for others the change came as a shock.
In particular around 300,000 women, born between December 1953 and October 1954 and getting close to their state pension age, were made to wait an extra 18 months.
For women, who were not aware of the 1995 changes, the shock was more severe. They had been expecting to retire at 60, but discovered that they would have to wait years longer.
They complained they had not been given time to adjust to the new retirement age and also that the changes in 2011 and 1995 had not been clearly communicated.
From now on, men and women will see their state pension ages go up in tandem – increasing to 66 by October 2020, and 67 by 2028.
Check your State Pension age here.