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Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee


Older, in work and with a long-term condition: how health and employers need to respond

Mar 10. till Mar 10.

Invitation Only

Kindly hosted by Fiona Bruce MP

With guest speaker:
Chris Minett, Managing Director, Ageing Works

March 10, 20152015-03-10T12:30:00 - March 10, 2015 2015-03-10T02:00:00
12:30 PM 2015-03-10T12:30:00 - 2:00 PM 2015-03-10T02:00:00
Portcullis House, Westminster

"just wanted to say thank-you for inviting me to the roundtable discussion on Tues it was a really interesting and thought provoking session and I took a lot back from it"

Matthew Hodson MBE, Nurse Consultant, ACERS Team, Homerton University Hospital


Image Brief:

It is a recognised fact that the UK population is ageing rapidly and that society is “woefully underprepared”(House of Lord 2013) for the ramifications of this. This is leading to one of the most profound changes to the UK labour markets with estimates suggesting that a third of workers will be over 50 by 2020 (ONS, Labour market projections 2006-2020).

Those people who are approaching their later years are choosing to work for longer in an attempt to improve their financial stability and increase or supplement personal pension schemes and enjoy a decent quality of life. Increases to the age at which the state pension starts will further expand the number of people in work and over 50. The state pension age for both men and women will continue to increase towards age 67 up to 2028 (HM Government State Pension age timetables).

As things stand, ACAS reports that 1 per cent of employers have employees aged 64 and over, but recent research indicates that the number of economically active people aged 65 and above will increase by a third over the next decade (ACAS 2014). The authors of the report The Future of Work: Jobs and Skills in 2030 at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) said that this meant 'workplaces will become more multi-generational, with four generations working together.' How to tap into the skills older people possess as well as giving them the opportunity to 'retool' and retrain, needs to be carefully thought through. The economy would not only benefit from their renewed involvement and productivity, but the older person would as well as they prepare for later life and maximise the psycho-social dimensions of remaining in work.