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State pension set to rise but nearly 500,000 British pensioners won't get boost

If a person lives outside of these countries, they won’t get the yearly increases.

Should the affected person return to live in the UK, then their pension will go up to the current rate.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) issued guidance on the benefits and pension for UK nationals in the EU, EEA or Switzerland following the confirmation of a Brexit deal having been reached last year.

It states: “You can carry on receiving your UK State Pension if you move to live in the EU, EEA or Switzerland and you can still claim your UK State Pension from these countries.

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Protester nearly crashes into fans in scary near miss before France vs Germany

A Greenpeace protester’s life flashed before their very eyes after a stunt nearly went wrong ahead of France’s Euro 2020 clash with Germany in Munich. The daring parachuter intended to land on the turf ahead of kick-off to get some time in the limelight but the swoop very nearly ended in disaster.

In footage captured by German broadcaster Max Merrill, the parachuter appeared to get caught in the stadium’s spider cam.

Yet thankfully, the individual managed to break free but the situation only escalated from there.

The collision with the spider cam then set the parachuter swinging towards the stands but a late change of direction saw them narrowly miss the press box and a collection of supporters, with some forced to duck.

BT Sport broadcaster Archie Rhind-Tutt saw the incident from inside the stadium and he was under no illusions it was a close shave.

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Replays later showed that part of the activist’s equipment smashed during the collision and rained down to the touchline.

France boss Didier Deschamps scurried into the dugout to avoid getting his by debris.

Rudiger was then the first to console the parachuter, to check whether he was okay.

Understandably, he appeared to be shaken up following the heavy impact.

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Humpback Whale Nearly Eats a Lobsterman, Then Thinks Better of It

It was sunny and clear on Friday morning and the water was calm off the coast of Provincetown, Mass., where Michael Packard was diving for lobsters.

His longtime fishing partner, Josiah Mayo, was following him in their fishing vessel, the J&J, tracking him through the bubbles that rose from Mr. Packard’s breathing gear to the surface of the water.

The men had already caught 100 pounds of lobster, and Mr. Packard was about 40 feet underwater, looking for more.

Suddenly, the bubbles stopped, Mr. Mayo said. Then, the water began to churn violently. A creature breached the surface and for an agonizing split second, Mr. Mayo thought it was a white shark.

“I immediately thought it was the shark encounter that we’d unfortunately been preparing for for years,” he said in an interview on Saturday.

Then, he saw the fluke and the head of a whale. Moments later, he saw Mr. Packard fly out of the water.

“‘It tried to eat me,’” Mr. Packard sputtered, according to Mr. Mayo. The whale, a humpback, swam away as Mr. Mayo and another fisherman helped Mr. Packard back into the boat.

Such terrifying encounters are virtually unheard-of, according to Charles Mayo, Josiah Mayo’s father and a senior scientist at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, a town of about 3,000 people on the tip of Cape Cod. There is an account of a woman who was pulled down by a pilot whale. There are reports of sperm whales that went on the offensive after being harpooned. And in 1896, The New York Times reported the implausible tale of a whaler who was found in the belly of a whale in October 1891 and rescued alive.

“I’ve never heard of that ever happening,” Dr. Mayo said of Mr. Packard’s ordeal. Still, the encounter is explainable, he said.

The whale, possibly a 32- to 35-foot juvenile that had previously been seen swimming in the area, was most likely diving for food when it inadvertently caught Mr. Packard in its enormous mouth.

Humpback whales spend much of their time in that part of New England, searching for and engulfing small schooling fish, said Jooke Robbins, director of the humpback whale studies program at the Center for Coastal Studies.

They lunge fast, open their mouths and use baleen plates to “filter” the water out before swallowing the fish, Dr. Robbins said in a statement.

When the whale realized it had caught something that was not its typical prey — in this case, an unsuspecting lobsterman — it responded the way a human who accidentally ingested a fly would, Dr. Mayo said.

“We certainly don’t eat any more,” he said. “We spit the food out, and some of us would leave the restaurant.”

Accounts of Mr. Packard’s ordeal captivated Twitter on Friday. That afternoon, Mr. Packard told reporters that he was on his second dive, going toward the bottom of sea when he felt “this truck hit me.”

His first thought was that a white shark had attacked him, but when he did not feel teeth piercing into him, he realized he was inside a whale.

“I was completely inside; it was completely black,” Mr. Packard told The Cape Cod Times. “I thought to myself: There’s no way I’m getting out of here — I’m done, I’m dead. All I could think of was my boys — they’re 12 and 15 years old.”

Mr. Packard said he was in the mouth for at least 30 seconds, wondering whether he would run out of air or be swallowed. He said he struggled against the mouth of the whale and could feel its powerful muscles squeezing against him. Then, he saw light and felt the whale’s head shaking and his body being thrown into the water.

Mr. Mayo said he called 911 and an ambulance met them at the dock. He then called Mr. Packard’s wife.

“‘Hi, Mike is OK,’” Mr. Mayo recalled telling her. “You’ve got to lead with that.”

Mr. Packard, who was released from the hospital on Friday, had extensive bruises, but no broken bones.

On Friday afternoon, he wrote a cheerful note on a Provincetown community Facebook page, thanking the Provincetown rescue squad for helping him.

“I was lobster diving and a humpback whale tried to eat me,” he wrote. “I was in his closed mouth for about 30 to 40 seconds before he rose to the surface and spit me out. I am very bruised up but have no broken bones.”

Mr. Mayo said he initially thought Mr. Packard had broken his leg. As scared as he was for his friend, he said he felt a little relief that the season might be over.

But once he learned that Mr. Packard had not sustained any broken bones, Mr. Mayo said he knew the two of them would head out again soon.

Mr. Packard promised the same to reporters.

He said, “As soon as I heal up, I’ll be back in the water.”

Jack Begg contributed research.

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Austin drag performer returns to stage 6 months after nearly losing life to COVID-19

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A renowned drag performer in Austin will make her comeback to the stage six months after nearly losing her life to COVID-19.

Nadine Hughes, known as The Brows of Texas for her beautifully exaggerated makeup, will delight fans again this weekend for her first performances since she survived a dangerously severe case of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Her infection led her to spend more than two months in a local hospital — half of that time in a medically-induced coma.

“I never thought I’d get back to this moment,” Hughes said. “I was very scared that I wouldn’t be able to [perform], and the fact that it’s happening already is just so overwhelming.”

(Photo/Nadine Hughes)

Hughes’ hospitalization initially happened in December last year. At that time, Austin-Travis County entered into its highest risk level, and hospitals grew concerned they’d run out of space to treat all the COVID-19 patients. She wouldn’t leave the hospital until Feb. 26, and then finally returned home after spending eight days in a rehabilitation facility.

During her time in the coma, she noted she missed celebrating Christmas, ringing in the new year and seeing the inauguration of a new president. However, her mother as well as her roommate made sure she still experienced some of the holiday joy.

“They left everything up for Christmas, so that way we could celebrate Christmas when I got home,” Hughes explained. “Everything was as if I had just left it, and it was the most amazing feeling in the world. Something so small helped so much.”

Hughes will perform Friday night at Doc’s Drive In Theatre, located at 1540 Satterwhite Road in Buda. The event, which starts at about 9 p.m., has been billed “The Return of Queen Nadine.”

In a Facebook post, Hughes wrote she’ll also appear Sunday for a drag brunch at TRACE Austin, which is in The W hotel.

“I still have a road ahead of me to get back to 100%,” the social media post stated, “but I’m so ready to be doing what I Love!!!”

The show she’s looking forward to most, though, will happen June 16 at Rain on Fourth, her home bar. What she’s struggling with most about that performance is choosing the right song to match this big moment.

“My brain has been going crazy, because I don’t know what song will be the appropriate song. I’ve been searching and searching,” Hughes said. “I want to thank my community, and I want to show them I did this and show them that all the prayers and everything they’ve done was worth it. I’m just very grateful, so I just want to make sure it’s the right choice.”

(Photo/Nadine Hughes)

Hughes’ fans are clamoring to see her back on the stage, especially after many of them donated money to help cover the mounting medical expenses. Hughes’ mother, Melody Cass, started an online fundraiser not long after her initial hospitalization. To date, it’s brought in more than $ 23,000.

Hughes said that money helped her afford rehabilitation, physical therapy and medication.

“It’s just so wonderful that I didn’t have to have that stress, or my mom to have that stress,” she said.

Hughes is still striving to fully recover from the complications caused by her COVID-19 diagnosis. She is currently working with a physical therapist to regain mobility in her left shoulder, and she’s seeking additional help since her tongue remains partially numb.

Through all the setbacks, Hughes told KXAN she’s grateful to feel well enough now to return to the spotlight, which has sorely missed her basking in its glow.

When asked what she’s looking forward to most about performing again, Hughes got emotional when she explained it would be “seeing the faces of the people that I love and hearing my favorite sound in the entire world: a live applause.”

Author: Will DuPree
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

This Is the Story of a Man Who Jumped Into Lake Michigan Every Day for Nearly a Year

CHICAGO — One Saturday last June, Dan O’Conor began his day in a prickly and painful state. He was anxious from the coronavirus pandemic, troubled by American politics and, on this particular morning after celebrating his son’s high school graduation with neighbors and a few tumblers of bourbon, spectacularly hung over.

Fed up with his whingeing, his wife, Margaret, ordered him out of the house. He climbed on his bike and rode three miles east to Lake Michigan, where he could see the skyline of downtown Chicago shimmering to the south.

Mr. O’Conor stood on the lip of concrete at the edge of the lake, where the water below was maybe 15 feet deep and a bracing 50 degrees. His head throbbed. He jumped.

“It felt so good,” he said. “I just wanted to block it all out, the pandemic, everything.”

This is the story of a 53-year-old man who has jumped into Lake Michigan every day for nearly a year. Mr. O’Conor’s jumps have followed the complete arc of Chicago’s seasons, from the gloriously warm to the punishingly frigid and back again. And they have nearly traced the pandemic, too, from its early months till its waning days in the Midwest.

The daily jump began as a private ritual, a way to escape the demoralizing news of the day, get a little exercise and cheer himself up with a bike ride and the splendor of the lake.

One year later, it has become something else entirely.

What was once a solitary morning dip in the lake now attracts a regular crew of spectators: family members, friends, casual acquaintances, fishermen and, on some days, a pair of chatty women from Poland who stop by on their daily stroll.

The jump is a musical performance, too, ever since Mr. O’Conor began inviting local bands — many of them out of work because of the pandemic — to serenade him as he leaps into Lake Michigan.

And there are thousands of online watchers: Mr. O’Conor posts a short clip of his daily jump on Twitter and Instagram.

That was where I first glimpsed Mr. O’Conor, who posts under @TheRealDtox, a nod to his side gig making stenciled rock T-shirts, which he sold at Lollapalooza and other festivals in the days before Covid.

Last fall, I was in the middle of a year of reporting that was focused on the pandemic’s human toll. After interviewing people who lost spouses, relatives and friends, emotional conversations that could stretch for hours, sometimes I would decompress by lying on the rug in my home office, taking a few minutes with my spine pressed to the floor. Other times I would log on to Twitter and watch a man I had never met flop into Lake Michigan.

It turns out plenty of other people shared this tiny pandemic escape.

“All of us were sitting at home, bored and scared and unsure of what’s going on in the world,” said Bob Farster, a real estate agent who is a neighbor of Mr. O’Conor’s. “And here’s this guy with a weird mustache who keeps jumping in the lake and he’s having a blast doing it every single day.”

After the first morning’s jump, Mr. O’Conor came back the next day, and the day after that. Somewhere around the fourth day, he posted a picture on social media. About a month later, a friend asked him if he was still jumping in the lake.

“During the pandemic, it was a sort of light,” he said. “Everything was so dark with the pandemic and the protests and politics. Then people were like, how long are you going to do it? What are you doing it for?”

Mr. O’Conor did not know how long he would keep jumping, or even particularly why he kept jumping, morning after morning. But there was something about the whole endeavor that appealed to his big, obsessive personality and his appreciation for routines. Before the pandemic, Mr. O’Conor, a stocky, gregarious former advertising executive for Spin magazine with unruly hair, attended music festivals and shows at least twice a week — and took a small notebook where he wrote down every song that the bands played. There is a plastic bin crammed full of notebooks in his garage.

In times of great stress like the pandemic, rituals can take on a heightened importance. In March 2020, New Yorkers leaned out of apartment windows, clapping for health care workers each night at 7 p.m. sharp. Other people, jittery at home, baked bread daily, scheduled a Zoom call with their families every Sunday, or went for a walk at the same time each evening.

The daily jump was slowly becoming Mr. O’Conor’s own way through the pandemic.

During the winter, there were days he could not really jump at all: When Lake Michigan was covered with snow and ice, he had to break through with a shovel to find a place to carefully drop into the lake, then climb out again. A woman interrupted him at the water’s edge once, concerned about his mental health.

“Are you trying to kill yourself?” she asked.

“No, I’m just jumping in and getting out,” he replied.

Steve Reidell, a musician in Chicago, played with a band during one of Mr. O’Conor’s particularly icy mornings. To get to the water’s edge, the band pulled a portable amp on a cheap plastic sled.

“I was like, ‘Do I want to play a show outside in the winter, even if it’s just one song?’” he said. “But I was pretty moved by what he was doing.”

Some people found it infectious, diverting, even inspiring. Others wondered if he had gone crazy.

“I never got this straight-up from people,” said his wife, who runs a food pantry in Chicago. “But people who have a penchant toward not being risk takers would give me a ‘How can you let your husband do this?’ kind of thing. But you’re with somebody for 30 years, you tend to get to know them. I’m not going to be able to tell him not to do it.”

One of Mr. O’Conor’s jobs is driving a paratransit bus in the northern suburbs of Chicago, taking people with health issues or disabilities to their appointments from early afternoon until late evening — work that allowed him the time to do the jump each morning.

A few months in, a local media outlet, Block Club Chicago, caught wind of his jumps, amplifying the attention from friends and acquaintances.

One friend who was going through personal problems began coming to the lake for the jumps, just to start his day on a lighter note and get his mind off the negative. Mr. O’Conor, an extremely social person before the pandemic, found that because of the jumps, he was renewing old friendships, making new ones and getting notes from people he had not heard from in 20 years.

Elaine Melko, a photographer who knew Mr. O’Conor as a fellow parent at youth baseball games, has found herself drawn to the lake with her camera, in part for the chance to socialize a little.

“It’s almost been like a bar without drinks,” she said. “Getting together by the lake and having a little conversation, and then everyone has to go home.”

Last week, Mr. O’Conor arrived at his usual spot at 10:30 a.m., wearing a long robe — a thrift-shop find originally from the Kohler spa in Wisconsin — he had stenciled with the words “Great Lake Jumper.” The sun was intense; a few people sat around talking as Tim Midyett, a local musician, warmed up on the guitar.

“I haven’t played in front of anybody since January 2020,” he said.

Mr. O’Conor prepared for his jump. There is nothing elegant or artful about his technique. He does not swan dive or cleanly disappear into the water. He plunges, messily. Sometimes he executes a solid, and fairly impressive, back flip.

He was still cheery as he emerged, dripping, from the water, and insisted on doing another couple of tries before he left.

“Refreshing,” he said of the water. “Takes your breath away.”

Serendipity is guiding the end of his yearlong quest: On Friday, Chicago will become one of the biggest cities in the country to fully reopen, with the lifting of pandemic restrictions and capacity rules in restaurants, bars and Mr. O’Conor’s beloved live-music venues.

He has something big planned for Saturday, a grand finale by the lake on the 365th day. There will be surprise guest musicians, pulled pork sandwiches, veggie burgers and popcorn. Mr. O’Conor does not know how many people will show up. But he is expecting that at least some of them will jump in.

Author: Julie Bosman
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China-backed 'Ethereum killer' cryptocurrency Vechain sees price surge nearly 2,000%

The ruling Communist Party of China is notoriously suspicious of technologies and organisations that lie beyond its control, hence their recent clamp-down on bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies. However, one cryptocurrency project that is seeing support from Beijing is Vechain (VET), a domestically developed decentralised finance operation that is similar to the Ethereum blockchain network. China’s President Xi Jinping is desperate to keep a firm hand on the inroads that the cryptocurrency revolution is making into the world’s second-largest economy.

A recent report published by the Chinese website ChainNews described the Deputy Director of China’s Changing District, Pan Min, “repeatedly” praising VeChain’s technology and business development.

All signs now point to Beijing working with Vechain (VET) to aid the development of China’s digital version of their domestic currency, the Yuan.

Speaking to Express.co.uk George of Cryposrus said: “Most likely China is already working on their digital yuan with Vechain.

“China cultivates their own and Vechain is the biggest blockchain company by far within China.

“They have all the ins.”

It has been touted by many cryptocurrency analysts that Ethereum will likely outperform bitcoin over the next year, but with Chinese government support, VeChain could outperform even Ethereum.

The VeChain price prediction sentiment is currently bullish, with the price rising 3 percent today.

However, the cryptocurrency reached its highest price on April 19, 2021, when it was trading at its all-time high of $ 0.282922 (£0.20) and has risen by 1,823 percent in one year to date.

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“There is no way they are able to work with Vechain without some close ties.”

JP Buntinx of Cryptomode ranks Vechain highly in its list of 2020 “Ethereum Killers”.

JP Buntinx added: “Some of the world’s biggest brands are already experimenting with Vechain’s technology, including Walmart.”

However, the Cryptomode states that although there is “competition in the blockchain space, it won’t be easy to dethrone Ethereum”.

Express.co.uk does not give financial advice. The journalists who worked on this article do not own cryptocurrency.

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'Europe nearly fully vaccinated' Michael O'Leary staggering claim – get Spain on green!

Ryanair‘s CEO Michael O’Leary made calls to get Britons back on holiday today. He stated restrictions should ease as more countries are vaccinated.

The Ryanair businessman made calls to Transport Secretary Grant Schapps to update the countries on the green list.

He stated Britons should be allowed to travel to popular tourist destinations in Europe.

“We’ve made two points to Grant Schapps,” he continued.

“Firstly, they put Portugal on the green list in May but left Spain, Italy and the Greek islands off.

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“It is absolutely imperative those big tourist destinations are added to the green list at the end of this week when the green list is extended.”

The Government is thought to be reviewing travel restrictions within the next week.

This could see more countries being taken off the red and amber list and added to the green list.

Depending on the country they are visiting, Britons currently face pricey PCR tests and even quarantine hotel stays when travelling.

O’Leary suggested some travel requirements should be lifted for those going on holiday.

“The second [point] is we have this bizarre situation [where] all those countries have already removed restrictions on vaccinated UK visitors because of the vaccine success in the UK,” the Ryanair boss continued.

“But we have the situation where vaccinated UK families who go on holidays still have to come up with a negative PCR test on their arrival back into the UK despite the fact they’ve been to those countries.

“It’s bonkers. Europe is now moving towards being fully vaccinated and the spread of Covid and recent hospitalisations has collapsed due to the success of the UK vaccine programme.”

O’Leary added there should still be restrictions for long haul flights to countries that are not as far down the vaccination process.

However, he said Britons should be able to travel freely to many European countries from as soon as this month.

“It’s now time for June, July and August [to] add Spain, add Italy and add Greece to the green list,” he concluded.

“Allow British travellers to go abroad safely to Europe on their holidays.”

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Coronavirus Cases, Deaths Drop to Lowest Levels in Nearly a Year

The United States is adding fewer than 30,000 cases a day for the first time since June of last year, and deaths are as low as they’ve been since last summer. In much of the country, the virus outlook is improving.

Nearly 50 percent of Americans have received at least one vaccine shot, and though the pace has slowed, the share is still growing by about two percentage points per week.

“I think by June, we’re probably going to be at one infection per a hundred thousand people per day, which is a very low level,” Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former head of the Food and Drug Administration, said Sunday on the CBS program “Face the Nation.” The U.S. rate is now 8 cases per 100,000, down from 22 during the most recent peak, when new cases averaged about 71,000 on April 14.

The share of coronavirus tests coming back positive has fallen to below 3 percent for the first time since widespread testing began, and the number of hospitalized patients has fallen to the lowest point in 11 months, Dr. Eric Topol of the Scripps Research Translational Institute noted this week. For the first time since March 5 of last year, San Francisco General Hospital had no Covid-19 patients — “a truly momentous day,” Dr. Vivek Jain, an infectious disease physician at the hospital, said on Thursday.

Michigan, the state that reported one of the largest surges in the spring, has rapidly improved. About 1,400 cases were identified on Sunday, compared with about 7,800 cases a day in mid-April.

The virus remains dangerous in communities with low vaccination rates, and getting vaccines into these communities is crucial in continuing to curb the virus. As the virus continues to mutate, vaccines may need to be updated or boosters may need to be added.

The United States is reporting about 25,700 coronavirus cases daily, a 39 percent decrease from two weeks ago. Deaths are down 14 percent over the same period, to an average of 578 per day.

Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidance that said vaccinated people could forgo masks in most situations indoors and outside, states have followed suit.

Because of changing mask rules and guidance, people will need to rely on their own judgment in some circumstances, Dr. Gottlieb said Sunday. “We’re going to have to protect ourselves based on our own assessment of our risk and our own comfort,” he said.

For instance, he said, people who are unvaccinated or in an area where infections are still high will be at higher risk than others.

“So I think people may need to make individual assessments,” he said, adding that while unvaccinated children in crowded indoor situations might need to keep masks on, “I don’t think kids need to be wearing masks outside anymore.”

Although experts who spoke with The New York Times said they were optimistic, they cautioned that the virus won’t be eradicated in the United States but would likely instead become a manageable threat we learn to live with, like influenza.

Until then, Stacia Wyman, a senior genomics scientist at the University of California, Berkley, said Americans should remain concerned as long as the virus continues to spread and evolve in parts of the world that lack vaccines.

“I think that the world will be struggling with this,” she said. “As long as that is happening, the U.S. will be struggling with it as well.”

James Gorman contributed reporting.

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Early retirement 'unwelcome drama' for nearly half of early retirees forced out of work

Nearly half of early retirees were forced out of work by poor health or redundancy, new research from retirement specialist Just Group has found. While early retirement may be a desire for some, the survey, of 1,043 UK retired and semi-retired adults aged 55+, found for nearly half (48 percent) of people who stopped working earlier than they had planned, doing so was more of an “unwelcome drama”.
The research found that among retired people aged 55+ who said they had stopped working earlier than they expected, one-third (33 percent) did so due to poor health or physical problems.

Meanwhile, 15 percent said they had lost their job and were unable to find another.

In contrast, a quarter of those asked (25 percent) said they stopped working because they felt their pensions and savings were enough that they could afford to retire.

The main reason for eight percent of those asked was so they could provide care for a family member.

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A further two percent said they gave up work due to an inheritance.

Another two percent stopped because they no longer needed the income because their partner was still working.

Stephen Lowe, group communications director at Just Group, said: “Nearly half (47 percent) of retired over-55s said they had stopped working earlier than they had expected compared to 43 percent who said they retired when they expected and nine percent who retired later.

“Going forward it will be interesting to track whether COVID-19 has forced more people out of the workforce prematurely or whether the economic insecurity has led to people putting off their retirements for longer.”

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Mr Lowe went on to suggest the research has important implications for later life planning and for policymakers considering future rises in the state pension age.

“People don’t necessarily have the luxury of choosing the point they exit the labour market and many do so knowing their pensions and savings will not be sufficient,” he said.

“This reinforces the importance of using Pension Wise guidance – the free, impartial and independent Government-backed service offered to the over-50s considering how best to use their pensions – to ensure people understand their pension options but are also aware of state benefits which may help them plug a financial gap if they have to leave work earlier than expected.”

A Pension Wise appointment offers specialist pension guidance, and it should last between 45 and 60 minutes.

It can be over the phone or local to the person, Pension Wise explains.

The service explains it may be able to help if a person is aged 50 or over and has a personal or workplace pension, and they’re wanting to make sense of their options.

In the UK there is no longer a set retirement age, meaning it’s possible to work for as long as one likes.

There is a state pension age though, and this is the point when a person becomes eligible to receive the UK state pension.

In the past, the state pension age was 60 for women and 65 for men.

However, changes have meant state pension age parity between men and women has now been reached.

Furthermore, further increases have taken place, meaning some will need to wait longer than they would have done in the past to get the UK state pension.

It’s possible to check what a person’s state pension age is online via the “Check your state pension age” tool on the Government website.

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