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Retired people could work for pensions

by on October 26, 2012

This is the controversial suggestion of Lord Bichard, the former head of the Benefits Agency.

According to this piece on the BBC website, he has called for ‘imaginative’ ideas to meet the costs of an ageing society; this could include encouraging retired people to ‘make a contribution’ such as undertaking community work, for example, caring for the “very old” or face losing some of their pension in order to avoid being a ‘burden on the state’.

There are so many points to be made in relation to this idea and, perhaps more importantly, its underlying assumptions, that it’s difficult to know where to start. It certainly adds to the ongoing re-definition of ‘retirement’ – and ‘pension’, for that matter. And highlights a prevalent association that is made between increasing age and cost to society.

Comments on the article have now closed on the BBC site but with over 2000 already posted it would be fair to say that this has generated plenty of attention.


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