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  It was initially going to be a long drawn-out process, spread over several decades, but the coalition has accelerated it quite dramatically.

  This is the current state of play.

  The SPA is currently 65 for men, with the SPA for women in the process of being raised to that age as well.

  Once that equalisation process finishes in 2018, the SPA is then going to be raised swiftly by another year, to 66, between 2018 and 2020.

  Then the SPA will rise yet again to 67, between 2026 and 2028.

  That is only 15 years away, and the newly-announced higher SPA of 68 will now be introduced less than a decade after that.