The answer to Britain’s economic woes? Make pensioners work longer – Telegraph

This is a highly controversial article from the Telegraph. It’s a good read. Check it out!

via The answer to Britain’s economic woes? Make pensioners work longer – Telegraph.

With increasing hostility to austerity, policy-makers are looking at more radical solutions. With public and private pension provision not ready for greater longevity, the article speculates on working longer.

There are two issues that are related but should be dealt with separately.

Firstly, there are quite rightly serious objections to raising the retirement age and deferring the start of state pensions. This is effectively a lottery of birth date as to whether one’s a winner or loser.

Secondly, the issue of pensioners working longer should be down to individual choice not in response to austerity policies.

The responsibility for pensions in the private sector has been transferred to the individual in the UK. Yet the UK’s public sector still get guaranteed, inflation adjusted pensions.

This brings an open question:

Surely, it’s not fair for UK public sector workers to get better pensions than in the private sector?

Thoughts?

A Hard Look at the Implosion of UK Healthcare – John Gelmini – Best Blogs Series

This blog was originally published in July 2013. But many of the issues are even more acute, ahead of the UK’s general election, so it’s worth revisiting.

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This is the third of a series of “Hard Look” articles where John Gelmini has kindly been guest blogger.

In this blog, we take a hard look at the implosion of UK healthcare, both the National Health Service (NHS), and Community Care.  Below is a selection of John Gelmini’s articles, ranked by the number of hits with the most popular first:

  1. A Hard Look Beyond the 13,000 Needless NHS Deaths 2/2 
  2. How to Stop 47% of Britons from Developing Cancer by 2020
  3. A Hard Look at Childhood Obesity in the UK 
  4. A Hard Look at UK Hospital Consultants – a Law unto Themselves
  5. With thousands dying in UK because hospitals are understaffed what next?
  6. A Hard Look at How to Reform the UK’s NHS Effectively
  7. A Hard Look Beyond the 13,000 Needless NHS Deaths 1/2
  8. Rise in obesity poses ‘dementia time bomb’ – Some Solutions

Any thoughts?

John Gelmini