Women’s pension age legal challenge fails

Last week a verdict was announced in the legal case around the changes to the pension age for women.

The retirement age for women rose from 60 to 65, in line with men, and will go up to 66 by 2020, and to 67 by 2028. Women born in the 1950s claim the rise is unfair because they were not given enough time to make adjustments to cope with years without a state pension. They argued the changes were discrimination, but judges disagreed.

In a summary of the court’s decision, the judges said: “There was no direct discrimination on grounds of sex, because this legislation does not treat women less favourably than men in law. Rather it equalises a historic asymmetry between men and women and thereby corrects historic direct discrimination against men.”

The BBC has an interesting article about the issues involved in this case.


Dementia Care failings cost businesses in England £3.2bn

Businesses in England lost £3.2bn last year because people had to leave their job or change their working patterns to care for someone with dementia, a leading Alzheimer’s charity has said.

Of the 355,000 people of working age caring for a loved one with dementia, more than 147,000 have had to reduce their work hours or have had difficulty balancing work and caring. More than 112,000 people had to give up their job in the past year, with many retiring early because of their caring commitments.

The research, conducted by the Centre for Economics and Business Research for the Alzheimer’s Society, revealed that the cost of dementia to England’s businesses has increased by £1.6bn in the past four years and is expected to rise to £6.3bn by 2040.

The Alzheimer’s Society is calling on the Government to introduce a minimum standard of care for people with dementia, so that less of the burden falls on their families.

See the Guardian for more details.


The Silver Line charity to merge with Age UK

The Silver Line is best known for its national 24/7 hotline offering support for older people, and has merged wit Age UK to help cope with increasing demand. Users of the service are promised that there will be no noticeable changes to the service, which will remain on the existing number – 0800 4 70 80 90.

See the CSM article for more details.