Press release

63% of over 50s support switch to European Time

Monday 31 October 2011

Saga has welcomed the Prime Ministers support for an inquiry into extending winter daylight hours.

Ros Altmann commented:

"An experiment to ascertain the true impact of this change across Britain could be a popular move as two thirds (63%) of over 50s said they support a switch to European time*. A change could also help older people save money on heating bills in the winter which is especially important at the moment with fuel costs so high."

Over a third (39%) of the 13,000 over 50s polled by Saga** said that their energy bills rose as they spent longer in doors.

Whilst 40%. Of people said they were forced to change their routine as a result of the clocks going back.

The sort of changes cited were:

- two-thirds go out less in the evenings

- one in four (25%) do not want to drive in the dark

- one in five (20%) have to rely more on friends and family to take them places


Notes to editors:

*research conducted by a Saga Populus Poll of 17,065 people aged 50 and over between 13th and 20th November 2009

** research conducted by a Saga Populus Poll of 12,943 people aged 50+ between the 10th and 17th September 2010