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The new limbo zone – too young for a pension, too old to find work

by on August 31, 2012

This is the message from the TUC who, in this article, draw attention to the potential impact of the increase in state pension age (SPA) in the UK.

According to TUC analysis of official labour market data published today, disability and poor health currently prevent nearly half a million people approaching retirement from working, a figure that is likely to increase as the SPA starts to rise.

They also highlight an area of inequality in terms of the profiles of those who are classed as economically inactive. Those who previously worked in skilled trades, heavy industry and low-skilled jobs are most likely to be inactive due to disability and ill-health, while managers and senior officials are far more likely to be inactive because of early retirement.

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