Hanging on for retirement?
Opinion | Patrick Thomson, Senior Programme Manager, Centre for Ageing Better | 6 April 2017
Last month, John Cridland published his independent review into the future of the State Pension age. Everyone will have their own opinion on whether his recommendations will meet the aims of being fair, affordable and supporting fuller working lives. Whatever your views on what the State Pension age should be, it’s important to remember that raising it does not automatically lead to everyone affected working for longer.
What’s the best budget for our ageing society? An alternative reality…
Opinion | Anna Dixon, CEO, Centre for Ageing Better | 6 March 2017
As our society ages, there’s huge opportunity for us to have long, healthy and productive lives, but society needs to support and enable this. An alternative budget could support people to be healthy, active and work for longer.
Older workers see the biggest decline in job security over the last decade
Opinion | Patrick Thomson, Senior Programme Manager, Centre for Ageing Better | 14 February 2017
Matthew Taylor, who is leading a review of modern employment, has called for the improvement of the quality of work in the UK to become a new “national goal”. We want more people to be in fulfilling work that supports a good later life and recognise that government, employers and older workers themselves all have a role to play
Housing White Paper: Ageing should have been front and centre
Opinion | Rachael Docking, Senior Evidence Manager, Centre for Ageing Better | 13 February 2017
Over the next 25 years, the proportion of households where the oldest person is 85 or over will grow faster than any other age group and homes that meet the needs of older people will be in greater demand. So, whilst we welcome the reference to housing and ageing in the housing White Paper (page 63 to be exact), this was a missed opportunity to put the housing needs of our ageing population, front and centre.
What will later life look like in 2017?
Opinion | Anna Dixon, CEO, Centre for Ageing Better | 4 January 2017
2016 has been a tumultuous year with big implications for how we meet the challenges and opportunities of an ageing society. Anna Dixon looks ahead to 2017, and what needs to be done to ensure a good later life for all.
CMO Annual Report 2015: How to help the ‘baby boomer’ generation age well
News | Anna Dixon, CEO, Centre for Ageing Better | 8 December 2016
Today’s Annual Report from the Chief Medical Officer tackles a subject close to our hearts - how to help the ‘baby boomer’ generation age well. As the CMO points out, people aged 50-70 are a large and diverse group: over 35% of the population are over 50 and the median age is already 40.
Thinking about the ageing population, Chancellor? Pension reform's just the start...
Opinion | Anna Dixon, CEO, Centre for Ageing Better | 24 November 2016
Blink and you would have missed it. The Chancellor’s mention of responding to the issue of longevity in the next parliament was fleeting and has been widely interpreted as scrapping the triple lock on pensions. But Chancellor, if you are at last beginning to think about the ageing population, pension reform is only one piece of the jigsaw.
We need to stop our divisive obsession with intergenerational unfairness
Opinion | Anna Dixon, CEO, Centre for Ageing Better | 7 November 2016
We hear a lot about intergenerational fairness. It's true that the living standards expected by older generations when they were young are quite different from those common to young people today. But direct comparisons between baby boomers and younger people are misleading, and maybe in themselves unfair.
The forgotten women: the gender pay gap and middle age
Opinion | Claire Turner, Interim Director of Evidence | 25 August 2016
This week’s report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies highlighted the persistence of the gender pay gap, which represents another barrier to women being able to save for later life.