As France continues to endure national strikes and fuel shortages over a government proposal to raise the retirement age to 62, the debate may soon be moving across the Straight of Dover.  In a speech to House of Commons this morning, Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer (Finance Minister) announced  that the British government intends to raise the retirement age to 66 by 2018.   The move is part of a larger set of spending cuts that have been called the largest in Britain since the Second World War. The decision to increase the British retirement is not new, as it had been agreed upon earlier.  However, this new decision brings the date in which the retirement age will increase forward and aims to “save over £5 billion a year”.

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