State pension age increase ‘architect’ to retire

State pension age increase ‘architect’ to retire

Sir Robert Devereux, one of the people responsible for the increase of the state pension age to 68, is going to retire at 61-years-old.

Permanent secretary of the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) for 10 years, it was announced yesterday (11 October) that Sir Robert is retiring from the civil service on his 61st birthday on 15 January 2018.

At the DWP, he has led the organisation as it introduced the biggest reforms to welfare and pensions, such as the new state pension and auto-enrolment.

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However, the news of Sir Robert’s retirement come just after months after the government’s announcement that the state pension age increase should be brought forward to 68 between 2037 and 2039, due to increases in life expectancy.

Under the current law, the state pension age is due to increase to 68 between 2044 and 2046.

The change to the state pension age will leave 7.6 million people £10,000 worse off, according to analysis by the House of Commons Library.

Sir Robert said: “I am very proud of all that my 84,000 colleagues in DWP have achieved. I am privileged to have had the opportunity to lead them.

“While reforming nearly every part of the welfare state, they have radically improved our customer service and worked relentlessly to improve the lives of the millions of people we serve.”

The Cabinet Office will announce arrangements for a successor in due course, it said.