The state pension age is increasing unwaveringly, month by month, following continuous efforts to stop the changes. This means hundreds of thousands of people at a time are being made to wait longer for the pensions that their elders received earlier in life but Britain’s expanding economy will be powered to new heights by over-65’s who want to carry on working because if we don’t then we’re segregating against those who still have much to contribute with 282,000 expected to take up employment who are over 65 which will be essential to British economic performance in the years to come.
But should we be encouraging this propaganda which will force people into work and is this acceptable when they should be drawing their pensions? Yet the Tories have boosted the retirement age without anyone’s approval.
And it’s true, some people who are past retirement age do still want to work and that’s their decision, but that’s not what’s happening here. Now the Government are making people of retirement age work whether they want to or not.
And this is low, sick and wicked because it attempts to put a shine on cruelty but of course, 14 million people voted for it and pulled us all into the Tory bog with them and we should expect much more of this in the future and for some their pension won’t even allow them to pay their rent because it just won’t cover it.
And it’s not even the Governments money, it’s people’s collected taxes that they’ve paid in for their pension which is legally theirs, not the Governments but the Tories never believed in a public provision pension, just like they don’t believe in the concept of a National Health service.
Although they can’t get away with abolishing the State Pension just yet, so what better way to abolish it by underhandedness by extending the age at which it’s drawn?
And for numerous people, they believed that when they retired they could collect their pension, yet now we can unearth some dark truths about the financing of later life with so few people saving enough for their twilight years, and retirement is in jeopardy of becoming a thing of the past.
And although this is good news for older workers who aren’t ready to retire quite yet, indeed Britain’s workforce is greying almost before our eyes and in the last 15 years, the amount of working people aged 50 to 64 has risen by 60 per cent to 8 million, far greater than the rise in the population over 50 and the proportion of people aged 70-74 in employment meanwhile, has virtually multiplied in the past 10 years.
Of course, this trend will continue and now one-third of the workforce is over 50 and in a generation, the current State Pension age will be a distant memory and it’s prophesied that those joining the workforce today, will be in their mid-70s to early 80s before being able to draw their State Pension.
But despite proof that workforces will have to embrace older workers, government statistics reveal that up to a million older workers have been forced out of work prematurely because of age discrimination, caring duties or health problems.
And a great number of older people are becoming jobless rather than gaining work, and nearly 40 per cent of Employment and Support Allowance claimants are over 50, which is evidence that many older people are unable to easily find new and sustainable work.
And some people don’t want to work until they drop because they believe that they’ve worked long enough and it’s not just the physical job that wears out the body, it’s just being exhausted from the slog and people want to quit work when they’re fit and healthy so that they can pursue their interests while they’re still fit and healthy enough to pursue their interests beyond work. That’s not much to ask, is it?
There’s a distinction between wanting to work past a certain age and working because you have to. What do you think? Do you truly want to work until you drop and also come up against age discrimination?
Retiring early is excellent if you have the money to finance a generous retirement and you have some plan to occupy yourself during that retirement and some do but there are others out there that don’t believe it’s a great way of life and for some, it’s a dismal anti-climax and a good number of people from all walks of life go onto miss work dreadfully, that’s why there are numerous retired people who like to work in charity shops voluntarily say 2-3 times a week, but that’s not slogging, that’s something they enjoy doing and they also know that they can leave at anytime they like if it’s getting too much for them.
I can understand the reason behind them working because they’re not only enjoying what they’re doing and giving something back to society without losing their pension and if the Government had proposed something like this then we could say that they were looking after that person’s interests by letting them work voluntarily without losing their pension and by keeping their mind alert.
But now the Government wants you to work until you drop. Well, that makes complete sense if your a politician, then they don’t have to pay you any pension because you’ll be dead and they’ll be saving money that they can put into their pockets – oh, where’s Robin Hood when you need him!
There’s a difference between a day a week in a charity shop and full-on shop work at minimum pay, probably on a shift or zero-hours contract and if the Government believe it’s a great idea, how come the wealthy don’t do it because what’s good for one is also good for another?
The reason why is because we’ve been enslaved and we paid for State Pension as a safety net but people paid into that so that they could have that safety net, yet the Government are now stealing our money, the money that we worked hard for but eventually the time will come when State Pensions will become means-tested or the Government will just do away with it altogether.
Age discrimination normally kicks in when a person is in their 40s or 50s with many being made redundant in their 40s, attending various interviews, never being offered the job with the interviewer saying that the person has too much experience, yet that information was already on their CV and application form, which seems like blatant age discrimination.
And retiring also gives jobs to the younger generation, otherwise, the retired would be stealing their jobs but then robots will probably take over soon and will be doing most of the jobs we do well before we’re due to retire, so there will be no use for us, humans, in the future or maybe I should replace that word with automated because once account ledgers were handwritten and we had manual typewriters, then electronic and now computers et cetera.
Engineers now use computers, for research, design et cetera, but once offices were full of draftsmen and women, with their drawing boards, but now engineers are sat in front of computers.
Robot means slave, and so, yes, automation is replacing human endeavour in numerous fields, but we still need humans to clean, bodily care for, nurse and administer medical treatment to the ailing and sick but ultimately, we will no longer be required at all.
Driverless cars are coming, driverless trains are coming, congestion fines are all automatic and it won’t be long before parking attendants are consigned to history, along with accountants and city traders and I suspect there won’t be any workers at Nissan in another decade.
And that’s presumably why succeeding governments treat us like cattle, viewing us like we have no importance, particularly after being sufficiently productive throughout a lifetime.
At the end of the day, our retirement has been stolen and we can pay in as much as we like but we’ll never get it back and it’s inhumane to implement the new pension age of 67 across the board, without taking into account the kind of jobs people do and those executing this should be charged with manslaughter.