The silent challenge: Overemployment facing the over 50s

New analysis suggests that a high proportion of older workers are locked into working long hours against their will, some of whom have long-term health problems

 This week we published a major new report into the employment challenges facing older workers in the UK with the support of PRIME and BITC: The Missing Million: illuminating the Employment Challenges of the Over 50s. While the report has gained publicity regarding the potential economic benefit of preventing early exit from the labour market, there is a critical challenge highlighted by the research that deserves more attention – overemployment.

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The Downsizing Double Dividend

Data released last week by the Office for National Statistics showed that the over 65s were almost 4 times less likely to move house than the rest of the population. Helping them to downsize could provide knock on benefits to all home owners.

A lack of movement among older people can be attributed to people’s desire to remain in their family homes. However, research shows it may also be due to a lack of suitable housing to move to. In 2013, Demos found that 58% of those over 60 were interested in moving house and that of these, over half (57%) wanted to downsize. Furthermore, a YouGov poll for the housing charity Shelter found that 39% of those over 65 were interested in moving to retirement housing. Continue reading

There are some things money can’t buy…

On the UN’s International Day of Older Persons, the latest Global Age Watch Index underlines international variation in experiences of old age.

Today, Help Age International publish the latest edition of their Global Age Watch Index. For 96 countries, and 91% of the world’s population over 60, the index captures the standard of living of older people. The index combines 13 indicators, incorporating income security, health status, education and employment, and whether a country provides an enabling environment for older people. Continue reading

Climate Change: an age old problem?

Less than 50% of those over 55 say they are ‘very likely to take action’ to try to mitigate climate change.

Climate change and our ageing population are usually presented as separate issues, but closer attention to their interaction could yield positive change. Not only are older people are major contributors to environmental damage, they also represent an increasing proportion of our population. Continue reading

Government housing proposals let down todays and tomorrows older population

The Government have announced new measures which “will save housebuilders and councils £114 million per year by cutting red tape and ensuring homes are built to demanding standards.”

One of the 5 standards highlighted is

“age friendly housing: new optional building regulations for accessible and adaptable mainstream housing to meet the needs of older and disabled people”

 Sounds good? Well, not really. The standard is optional. Continue reading