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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

It's not easy being old

My eye was caught by an article in the Independent.  I don't mind lifting it verbatim because the same "news" was on the radio this morning, no doubt from the same press release.

People aged over 50 face a bleak future, with falling incomes, rising living costs and higher rates of unemployment, a report suggests. In a survey, 28 per cent of respondents said their standard of living has got worse in the past year, while 30 per cent thought their health had deteriorated.

The worst affected were those close to retirement as their pensions failed to deliver the income they had expected. The report, by the company Saga, was based on a survey of 10,000 people over 50.

All true, but I loved some of the comments:

The way things are in this country its the over 10s who are facing a tough future.

Cheer up, the people who stole your pension contributions have invested the money in care homes, where people on minimum wage watch you die in your own excrement while they play cards.

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