Pensions,Work and Retirement

Private meeting at the Labour Party Conference - Manchester

The University of Manchester and the International Longevity Centre – UK will be holding a dinner debate to explore the future of work and retirement for those beyond state pension age.

The introduction of state supported pensions just over 100 years ago resulted in the emergence of “retirement‟ as a specific and substantive period of life. Between 1881 and 2008 the economic activity rates of UK men aged 65+ fell from 74 per cent to 10 per cent.  Yet this trend seems to be changing.

It is now two years since the introduction of the Equality Act, 2010 which made default retirement ages unlawful. Recent research published by the ONS highlighted increasing numbers of people working beyond retirement, many in part time roles. Effective retirement ages have increased over recent decades and working longer can have a positive well-being effect.

Lord Hutton recently argued that “We have designed much of our public policy concerning older people according to an image of life after 65 that is now redundant. The old notion that after this milestone in your life, all you can expect is decline and dependence is hopelessly outdated. We must assume that older people will participate actively in society and in the workplace for longer and to the best of their ability.”

Over dinner, we will explore:

  • the extent to which older people are working beyond 60
  • how the nature of work changes for people beyond 60
  • the future of retirement
  • the extent to which public policy is responding to the working longer agenda
  • why some older people are choosing to work longer and why many others leave the workforce early?
  • the impact of increases in State Pension Age on effective retirement age

We will focus a discussion on explicit policy ideas as to how Government and employers can best support individuals to work longer.

This is a 'by invitation only' event, however if you are interested in attending, please email