International Handbook on Ageing and Public Policy
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International Handbook on Ageing and Public Policy

Sarah Harper, Kate Hamblin, Jaco Hoffman, Kenneth Howse and George Leeson

The International Handbook on Ageing and Public Policy explores the challenges arising from the ageing of populations across the globe for government, policy makers, the private sector and civil society. It examines various national state approaches to welfare provisions for older people, and highlights alternatives based around the voluntary and third-party sector, families and private initiatives. The Handbook is highly relevant for academics interested in this critical issue, and offers important messages for policy makers and practitioners.
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Chapter 19: Working beyond retirement age: lessons for policy

David Lain and Sarah Vickerstaff


Governments across OECD countries want us to work longer and delay retirement in the face of population ageing and its financial costs (OECD, 2011). State pension ages (SPAs) are to rise in many OECD countries (OECD, 2011: 9). In the UK, for example, the SPA is to rise to 66 as early as 2020, and will eventually reach 68 (ibid.: 25) or perhaps even later if plans to link SPA to life expectancy are enacted (BBC, 2013). It is therefore important that we understand more about people currently working past normal retirement age. They will provide insights about the factors enabling individuals to remain in work up to (and beyond) SPA as it rises in the future. This chapter explores the prevalence and characteristics of those working past normal retirement age, and the wider lessons for public policy.

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