Retirement age rise is welcomed
PLANS to raise the state pension age has been welcomed by residents in the city who are approaching retirement.
The government has announced plans to raise the age at which people are eligible to draw the state pension from 65 to 66 by 2016 in a bid to help ease the budget deficit.
The state pension age for women is already being raised to 65 and the Default Retirement Age (DRA) which allows employers to force employees to retire when they reach the state pension age, is being phased out.
In Peterborough, 14.2 per cent of the population are over 65, of which 12.7 per cent are in employment. However, this figure is set to rise to 18.7 per cent in 2030.
Peterborough’s Poppy Appeal organiser, George Bennett (58) of Severn Close, Paston, Peterborough, welcomes the decision.
He said: “It is a good idea. There are a lot of people who are aged 64 or 65. They are good at their jobs and they are not ready to retire.
“Just because you get to 65, it doesn’t mean you are incapable any more.
“I believe you have got to keep yourself going or you vegetate.
“Being stuck at home day in, day out is what generally finishes people off.
“I can’t work because of injuries to my neck and back, but I do voluntary work for St Theresa’s and the Poppy Appeal, and I intend to keep on going for as long as I can.”
However, Stephen Jones (56), of Aster Drive, in Werrington, said the decision is “disgraceful” and he has now lost all faith in politics.
Mr Jones, who is out of work at the moment after recovering from a kidney transplant, said: “I am quite annoyed that the Government has decided to raise the retirement age.
“By 2016 I will be 62 so I would have only had three years to go, but now I will have four.
“A lot of people won’t even take you on because you are old.
“They say the average age of a man is 77, so if you have to retire when you are 66, then it doesn’t leave you much time when you are fit and well to enjoy your retirement.”
Doreen Clark (74), of Stilton, near Peterborough, who retired when she was three weeks short of her 60th birthday, said: “If you are in good health, then I don’t think it should make a difference.
“I had to retire early to look after my husband, otherwise I expect I would have kept going.”
Part time health visitor Paddy Jelen (60), of Market Deeping said she has no intentions of retiring just yet and welcomed the decision to move the retirement age to 65 for women.
She said: “We are living longer and so we should be working longer.”