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Elderly told: go back to work and downsize
The Telegraph ^ | 2-9-2012 | Tim Ross

Posted on 02/09/2012 4:10:26 PM PST by Dysart

David Halpern, a senior No.10 aide, said loneliness was a “more powerful predictor” of whether a pensioner would be alive for more than a decade than whether they smoked.

He also suggested that elderly people who did not move to smaller homes were contributing to the shortage of housing in England.

On an official visit to Sweden, the Prime Minister and some of his key advisers discussed radical plans on retirement with their Scandinavian counterparts.

Mr Cameron said he supported plans to increase the retirement age in line with life expectancy which could see workers remaining in employment until well into their seventies.

Evidence is now emerging of the dangers associated with elderly people becoming lonely and isolated after retiring.

The increase in the retirement age could lead to a wider change, under plans set out by Mr Halpern, the director of the No 10 Behavioural Insight Team, known as the “nudge unit”.

He heads the government team which has the task of developing ways to change people’s behaviour that do not require legislation or other heavy-handed actions from the state.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: downsize; elderly
Cameron: "Old people, vacate your homes and work until you die. It's for your own good. And we can't support the Ponzi scheme much longer"
1 posted on 02/09/2012 4:10:29 PM PST by Dysart
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To: Dysart

The nerve!!


2 posted on 02/09/2012 4:15:54 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Dysart
He also suggested that elderly people who did not move to smaller homes were contributing to the shortage of housing in England.

The European model that Washington politicians are so enamored with.

This to come to YOUR town soon!

3 posted on 02/09/2012 4:47:04 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Dysart

Officials: “Move into a government-approved studio apartment or we will withhold medical treatment from you.”

And the sheeple will submissively obey.


4 posted on 02/09/2012 5:09:14 PM PST by ScottinVA (GOP, meet Courage... Courage, meet GOP.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

How much of the UK housing shortage could be solved by ending their welfare state where even refugees from Afghanistan can get 8 bedroom houses for a family of 10?


5 posted on 02/09/2012 6:10:53 PM PST by tbw2
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To: Dysart

What about the Queen?


6 posted on 02/09/2012 6:59:16 PM PST by rawhide
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To: ScottinVA

Yes, and guess who your new neighbors are? Some ill-mannered yobs who will gladly rob you of your pension and life savings!

Isn’t income redistribution grand? These illegitimate governments have bred wild illegitimate children, and they have to steal from somebody, one way or another, to bribe the savages into complacency.


7 posted on 02/09/2012 7:18:39 PM PST by Boogieman
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