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Op-ed: England's Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies says in a report that people aged between 50 and 70 should keep working in order to stay healthy.
While there may be some truth in that there is a lot more in the mix.
The report into the health of baby boomers claims the physical and mental health benefits of being employed or working as a "volunteer" should not be underestimated."
But that depends on many things including your job. Some jobs are demoralising especially as we age. Others are too physically demanding for older workers.
Volunteering may be a good option but it could help greedy employers cut the wages bill. It will also be used by the government to reduce the number of public sector workers.
Yes then there is the State.
Currently the government is increasing the age a person can retire. The age is set to rise further and now that may be helped along by England's Chief Medical Officer.
Some people will struggle to find work in later life and face the stress of looking for work, living on reduced benefits or even having their income slashed.
All older people need is enough income to utilise their older years.
Poverty for those caught in a trap as the pension age rises will be the biggest killer.
Some people will be too young to draw their pension but unable to find work and their benefits may end.
Scratching around to make ends meet is not conducive to healthy living.
While Dame Davies may have used various statistics and case studies to support her report there is no one size fits all.
If you are a fire fighter, builder's labourer, shop worker, factory worker, bus driver, road sweeper or are employed in various other occupations will you be fit to carry on regardless aged 70?
MPs may say yes but it is years since most of them did a fair day's work for a fair day's wage and in some cases they never have.
As for the House Lords the Lords and Ladies carry on "working" into older age. You will have spotted some fast asleep in the House of Lords as they claim their £300 for simply showing up.
How many of us will be so lucky?
The answer in my opinion is reduce the pension age with the option to work longer if desired. There will always be some people who for various reasons do not want to retire.
For others poorly paid and or tough work added in some cases to health issues means retirement cannot come soon enough.
Note: Professor Dame Sally Davies, 67, was appointed Chief Medical Officer in 2010. So she is a Tory government appointment. As such her report is not unbiased in our opinion.
She has no plans to retire but then she is not sweeping a road for the minimum wage, is she?
Op-ed: As televised PMQs in the House of Commons Wednesday ended ministers shuffled out of the Commons chamber but a handful stayed behind as DWP boss Iain Duncan Smith got to his feet to announce his latest attack on British people; this time an attack on future pensioners.
It was painful to watch IDS with his sidekick Priti Patel sat alongside as he tried to explain why in the not too distant future British workers may have to work into their late 70s or even early 80s before they reach retirement age.
IDS was in the Commons after Labour called for clarification of the announcement that there will be yet another review of the retirement age.
We stuck around long enough to hear Owen Smith for Labour strongly contest Duncan Smith's proposals before heading for the remote.
There are a few obvious points which need highlighting though.
Looking for and retaining paid work can be more difficult with age. Some employers prefer older workers with experience but will they want to employ a person aged 80? We are all different and a person aged 60 or less may have serious health conditions that make work difficult. The employee may need to take periods of time on sick leave and few employers make any allowances for health conditions these days.
Then there are people aged 80 who are fit as a flea but would they be up to continuing a lifetime of working as a builder's labourer or a full-time gardener? So the type of work you do matters.
Although in general life expectancy is improving all the time in the UK there are regional differences. So where you were born and live plays its part too.
Genetics plays a part and, no matter how much you look after your health, may catch up with you in the end. So we do not all have the same genetic chances.
So want about work available?
Like most western countries the UK struggles to have enough paid jobs for its working-age population. We have already become something of a nation of zero-hour contract, part-time, temporary and agency workers.
Iain Duncan Smith has of course a big plan which he is unleashing on the British public a little at a time.
He has slashed a series of benefits for the working population of the UK, gathering all together under a Universal Credit agenda. So having closed any loopholes as he moves on to pensions he has left many people high but far from dry.
If you become unemployed ahead of retirement you may find Social Security is non-existent and the replacement welfare budget inadequate.
That could mean you go into old age in poverty and that would take British citizens back full circle to a Tory dominated time when the poor, young or old, where left to sink or swim.
But adding salt into any wound the latest news is also that MPS will have a wages and pension boost. They are guaranteed a big fat pension simply for 'doing time' in the House of Commons. That pension will be paid at any age however young and the person usually goes on to paid consultancy work at a huge price.
One line of thought is that the Tories are dismantling the pension system to encourage or is that force workers to join private pension schemes. The bonus for the Tories is such pensions will help them balance the books and prop up the banking and financial systems of the UK.
If the Tories are worried about the cost of decent retirement ages for us all, we the people should be worried about the cost of their retirement privileges:
MPs will receive a retirement “bonus” worth as much as £50,000 on top of their controversial 10 per cent pay rise, a pensions expert has said.
You can find the current DWP news on UK pensions here but remember staff are working hard to keep moving the retirement goalposts!
Perhaps people should try the court of human rights to test that out?
However the odds are you will just have to suck it up.
But members on the House of Lords who continue working into very old age are a mixed bag. They prove how addled people can be as they get older but in other ways bear no relation to the working public.
How can our Champagne Lords and Ladies be compared to a refuse-collector, a road-sweeper, a nurse, a teacher, a sewer-worker, a building labourer or any other person working in a real-job for a paltry wage with few perks?
In that other House, the Commons, news that a "Tory MP plays Candy Crush during DWP committee meeting" reinforces the view that Tory MPs have no idea what life is like in the real-working-world.
Increasing the retirement age to 70 or higher will condemn many elderly people in the UK to old-age poverty. Some workers due to bad luck, ill-health, bereavements, disabilities and mental-health issues are unable to stash cash away for old age. Lose your job aged 50 plus and it is almost impossible to find work of any kind; try looking for work when you are aged 60 plus.
Apart from the state pension age increasing various public sector employers are tightening schemes which used to allow an earlier retirement. As the poster above asks "If you called 999 would you expect a 60-year-old to come running?"
So for many workers in the UK work till you drop is their future.
Firefighters in the UK:
Firefighters in the UK have been fighting to protect their pensions, work and pension age which are all under attack from the Tories.
Save the UK Fire Service's on Facebook carries a mixture of updates relating to an increase in senior management while frontline jobs, including in the control rooms of the Fire Service are being cut.
The Firefighters petition is still active and says - DCLG must improve its unworkable pension proposals for firefighters and says;
The government has continued its attack on firefighters’ pensions and is imposing changes that mean:
In a new video Sean Starbuck, FBU national officer, outlines what the new 2015 Firefighters Pension Scheme means for firefighters and urges members to consider all the options and seek independent advice before even thinking of opting out of the scheme. FBU
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