Pensioners

Cost of living pressures continue to squeeze the over-60s

8 August 2016 11:42

When I was a cub reporter, writing for the paper of record at a time when the economy was booming…

Spectator Money: The legacy issue. How to plan ahead for what you’ll leave behind

13 May 2016 17:07

The new issue of Spectator Money is out on Thursday 19 May, and there’s a fantastic array of articles to look…

One in six pensioners lives in a millionaire household

8 April 2016 15:32

The state pension has just risen by the highest amount in 15 years, and the Tory Party boasts that this…

Cameron has created a socialist utopia for pensioners

22 June 2015 12:33

On the radio this morning, a campaigner from the Child Poverty Action Group had an ’emperor’s new clothes’ moment. Why…

How taxing their benefits could help people with disabilities

12 April 2015 11:27

Close your eyes for a moment and place an image in your mind of the sort of person who needs…

Grey voters snap up Osborne’s pensioner bonds

17 January 2015 13:04

Downing Street was a happy place after David Cameron and Barack Obama’s joint press conference yesterday. The US President was…

In praise and reproval of the elderly: slow, itinerant, violent – and revolutionary

7 September 2014 18:51

It’s been a good week for old people. On Friday, the Chilean poet Nicanor Parra celebrated his 100th birthday, and…

Today’s inflation fall means the Tories can have their interest rate cake and eat it too

25 March 2014 12:18

Today’s inflation figures bring more good news for the government. CPI inflation is now down at 1.7 per cent, the…

What’s wrong with wearing a woolly jumper for warmth?

18 October 2013 15:01

The moment that a Downing Street spokesman recommended wearing a jumper to reduce high energy bills, you knew that two…

World Without Borders: Lebensraum for German Pensioners

18 September 2013 12:33

Borders matter less than they used to. That’s not always apparent in this country protected as it is by the…

It’s time to be realistic about benefits. Wealthy pensioners need to be able to decline theirs

24 August 2013 11:00

Universal pensioner benefits like the Winter Fuel Allowance (WFA) cost the Exchequer over £8 billion a year. This is not…

How many immigrants would satisfy the OBR?

17 July 2013 21:53

According to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) Britain must bring millions more immigrants into the UK to sustain our…

The pensioners’ benefits battle

28 April 2012 13:41

During the last election campaign, David Cameron repeatedly promised to protect pensioner benefits. In one of the most heated moments…

QE comes to the fore

18 April 2012 9:16

It’s roughly seven months until George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, so no better time to consider which political issues will come…

Revealed: the grey recovery

28 March 2012 17:38

Are pensioners doing their bit for the recovery? The agenda of ‘intergenerational fairness’ has arisen in response to the idea…

Another voice: Pensioners ought to contribute more

22 March 2012 18:09

The pensioner lobby has been predictably and tiresomely strident about George Osborne’s ‘granny tax’. Ros Altmann, Director-General of Saga, called…

The IFS gives its Budget verdict

22 March 2012 16:15

The Institute for Fiscal Studies’ briefing is always a good place to pick up a few interesting nuggets of detail…

Soak the Old

22 March 2012 14:25

So George Osborne has received a kicking in today’s press. That’s what happens when you try to disguise a tax-raising…

Right to reply: Why QE isn’t a disaster for pensioners

15 March 2012 14:08

The best of all possible worlds for the pension industry is a buoyant economy. Workers have enough money to save,…

200,000 extra working pensioners

18 November 2011 18:08

Despite – or perhaps because of – the recession, pensioner employment has increased dramtically over the past few years. In…