Good years ‘gone’

Good years ‘gone’

Good years ‘gone’

First published in Letters by

ACCORDING to the Office of National Statistics, we are all going to live longer. One in three babies born today are expected to celebrate their 100th birthday; 59,000 men aged 40 and 54,000 women aged 60 now are expected to reach 100.

This all sounds too good to be true and I just don’t think this will happen – the good years are over. All those who are in their late 70s onwards have probably influenced the tables because they have lived through a stable and improved life pattern and had reliable jobs and a decent pension at the end.

All the families I know seem to be under so much stress, with couples both working to pay for an extortionate mortgage and children being brought up by grandparents, who are worn out with this responsibility. How many people in the workplace are treated as commodities? Many work in fear and daren’t even take a day off when they are genuinely ill.

For the Government to start increasing the retirement age to 68 is presumptuous and for many doing physical work is unreasonable. I’m sure it has nothing to do with saving £13 billion a year for each year they delay our pension age?

Keith Massey, Mill Lane, York.

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5:41pm Tue 21 Jan 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

Spot on Kieth, you have identified this propaganda. All to make you work longer so HM government can save on a few years' pension.
By the same token, these people will talk about the nation being full of fat people who will die young, a wake up call to save NHS cash perhaps? You can't have it both ways but what is for certain is that we are not ALL living longer, whatever that should mean.
Spot on Kieth, you have identified this propaganda. All to make you work longer so HM government can save on a few years' pension. By the same token, these people will talk about the nation being full of fat people who will die young, a wake up call to save NHS cash perhaps? You can't have it both ways but what is for certain is that we are not ALL living longer, whatever that should mean. ColdAsChristmas
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1:13am Wed 22 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

Make people work longer so as to save money in pensions (also known as 'fraud', as it is reneging on a previously agreed deal), and reduce benefits for parents thereby forcing more to work when they have children at such a young age they need parental influence (a lack of which leads to delinquent youths).
Make people work longer so as to save money in pensions (also known as 'fraud', as it is reneging on a previously agreed deal), and reduce benefits for parents thereby forcing more to work when they have children at such a young age they need parental influence (a lack of which leads to delinquent youths). Magicman!
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