Press release

Dr Ros Altmann comments on Aviva Real Retirement report

Wednesday 8 December 2010

Dr Ros Altmann, Director General of Saga, said: “Let's not force anybody to retire. Apparently a third of pensioners feel they were forced to do so, but all we're doing as a society is creating a situation in which people who want to work – and could work, are having to be financed by the taxpayer.

“People past traditional retirement age are in their ‘bonus years’ – not just for themselves, but for the economy. ‘Part-tirement’ is the answer.

 “We need to find ways of helping older people stay at work part-time; not only does it save the country money, but it also means we’d keep skills and talents that take decades to build. The abolition of the Default Retirement Age cannot come soon enough – forcing people to retire is Dickensian.”

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