The Journal Opinion: Is the North East too quick to reach for the pipe and slippers?

The Journal's opinion column for Tuesday, October 7, in which we ask why the North East is bottom of the table for workers who are over 65

An elderly person surfing the net
An elderly person surfing the net

For most of us the idea of working on past the age of 65 is pretty unattractive.

However, it is also clear that some people are keen to work on deep into what we used to think of as old age.

The Government did the right thing when, three years ago, it scrapped the default retirement age. Those that want to go on working can now do so – and those who are younger can get the benefit of some hard-learned advice.

The surprise is that just 6% of over 65s in the North East are choosing to work on. This is a lower proportion than in any other region in the country.

This can partly be blamed on the health issues that affect older people and produce lower life expectancies in our region. It could be that older people don’t want to occupy jobs when our unemployment rate is so high.

Either way, you can’t help but feel that somehow the North East is missing a trick. Is it too soon for the pipe and slippers?


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer