Guest blog: Sue Arthur, Policy and Research Manager, Independent Age – The overlooked over-75s: have pensioners ‘never had it so good’?

Have the older generation benefited at the expense of the young?

As of last month, we have a new State Pension system which is expected to reduce pensioner poverty and raise low income levels, especially for women. Meanwhile, the Work and Pensions Committee is taking evidence on the question of Intergenerational Fairness – have the older generation benefited at the expense of the young?

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Are we all in for a wage rise?

A short term rise in wages may be on the cards but the long term economic challenges from population ageing run deep.

Today’s Metro front page splash reports that “Lidl will become the first supermarket in the UK to pay employees a minimum wage recommended by the Living Wage Foundation.” It is great news for employees in this traditionally low paid sector. Continue reading

Lifelong Learning

The Association of Colleges has this week reported that the Skills Funding Ageing has asked colleges to make further cuts to adult learning. The 3.9% cuts come on top of a 24% hit to budgets and follow long term falls disinvestment in spending on adult learning. Continue reading

Guest Blog: Kirsty Woodard – The challenges of ageing without children

“I am power of attorney for my mother and this takes time and research to ensure her money is well invested, who will do this for me?”

“Having enough money, that’s the crucial thing. If you don’t have children but have money you can at least pay for someone to look after you but what if you don’t?”

“I don’t have anyone who can act on my behalf, no children, no family, nothing! Tell me who is going to make sure I’m not ripped off?” Continue reading