It is not wrong to encourage work – even for the elderly
Christopher Snowdon writes for The Critic
Julian Jessop quoted in The Telegraph
Reem Ibrahim writes for CapX
“Earlier this week Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride suggested that older people should consider working for Deliveroo, the takeaway delivery company. His idea was derided in some quarters as something akin to sending children back up the chimneys and down the mines.
“There’s a much broader issue here though: the daunting prospect of an ageing population and greater numbers retiring earlier, particularly since the pandemic. There are 3.4 million people over 50, but below retirement age, who are out of work, according to the Office for National Statistics.
“The deeper point is that we simply cannot sustain the combination of a shrinking working age population, low levels of economic growth and ever-growing public spending. The number of people relying on welfare is not just a cost to the Exchequer, but a depressing waste of human potential.”
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