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  1. New plans to cap care home fees – key facts with infographic

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    Article by Fabafterfifty New plans to cap the cost of care have been announced.   For anyone navigating the process of organising care for a family member or wanting to understand the implications for their own long term future, the proposals are explained. KEY FACTS Facts on current care costs and the cap Care costs are unpredictable – one in ten people have care costs of over £100,000 whilst one in five have no care costs; There is no safety net to protect people them from losing almost everything they have saved up and worked for in their lifetime. Individuals with assets of £150,000 face paying up to £120,000 pounds towards their care and support. The number of over 85 is set to double by 2030, and cases of dementia expected to rise at...
  2. What are the options to generate an income for retirement other than a pension?

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    Article by Stef Oates If you’ve retired and you’re doing all you can to enjoy life to the full, or you plan to do so in the very near future, you may have noticed a common problem affecting many other people in the same boat today – and that’s a lack of income. In today’s environment of record low interest rates, many retirees – and particularly early retirees – are asset rich-income poor, and they’re wondering what to do about it. There are various options, but very few of them are 100% safe if you need a decent return. For example, you could invest in high yielding blue-chip companies, but which can you trust to keep up the dividend payments? Remember, the higher the yield figures, the more the market...
  3. Will new proposals mean this the end of retirement as we know it ?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon This week Lord Bichard made the recommendation that pensioners should work for the good of the community or lose part of their pension. In his view, it is the only way in an ageing society for ‘old’ people not to become a burden on the state. He believes that the ‘not so old’ should contribute by looking after the ‘very old’. With the increase in state pension age, with many of us are seeing our planned retirement age increased from 60 to nearly 70, and with many working way beyond retirement age either on a full or part-time basis, either through choice or necessity, is this realistic? Having paid into the system all their working lives, should people effectively have to work for their pension...
  4. Time For All the Hard Work to Pay Off

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    Article by Stef Oates Reaching our fifties is a time to celebrate. We should be enjoying life after working hard for so many years and one way we can achieve this is through financial freedom. It might be that you are already in a financially strong position but for so many of us, the rising cost of living will have had a noticeable effect. However, there are ways to unlock that extra cash to ensure that you can start enjoying life again to its full potential. Equity release schemes, of which there are different derivatives, and annuities can supplement your income so that you can make the most of the things you love in life. Think of them as a way of making the most of your hard work and savings! Annuities An annuity lets you convert your pension...
  5. Everyone knows their place, don’t they? How retirement can affect your relationship.

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    Article by Sue Taylor People who live together for a long time usually act out the same roles, day in and day out.  They don’t even think about who will put the kettle on or who will take the dog out for a walk. They just do it. They know their ‘place’ in the grand scheme of things. Sally and Alan have been married for 30 years. Every morning Sally prepares breakfast and as they eat, Alan watches TV, waits for the travel news, checks his diary and heads off for work. Sally clears away the dishes and then decides what she will do with the rest of her day.  It is a relaxed lifestyle, now the children have left home and their stable relationship gives them both enormous pleasure. Wind forward a few years....
  6. Retirement should be a process, not an event – new research

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    Article by Fabafterfifty As we live longer we should expect to should expect to work longer and draw upon property wealth to help fund care costs, argues a new think-piece by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) The think-piece is published alongside polling evidence which found that: Just over two-fifths of  people agree that because people are living longer and healthier it is right that people work longer before they can claim a state pension by age      group. Those who agree that retirees play no part in the economic prosperity of the country are in the minority (17%). Just over two-fifths (42%) of the population think that as a society, we overestimate the impact of an ageing society. Almost two-fifths of adultsthink that the UK’s ageing population is a threat to...
  7. Will our reliance on cars and supermarkets hinder an independent old age?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon We all want to live well later in life. Currently care for the elderly is in crisis, and with an ageing population will come under even more pressure. On a recent visit to Antibes in the South of France I chatted to an American lady who made some interesting observations about the elderly in France. She and her husband were retired, and they were spending 3 months in Antibes, staying in a relatively modern apartment in the town. What amazed her was the number of ‘old’ people living independently in the building – far more than there would be in an equivalent building in the States. She went on to say that she realised that a major difference was the overall french way of life. Instead of being reliant on cars and shopping...
  8. Will the financial reality of retirement match your dream of retirement?

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    Article by Fabafterfifty How do you see your life in retirement? The dream and the reality may be dramatically different according to a new study. And most of the disappointment in retirement will come from lack of funds. It seems many retirees are not financially prepared to turn their retirement dreams into reality. Millions of people think their retired life will be filled with luxury- but face a grim reality check, it emerged yesterday. Researchers found Brits refuse to give up on an idealistic vision of their golden years, expecting glorious sandy beaches, rounds of golf, and glamorous city breaks. The study of 2,000 British adults determined how people predict their retirement will be, before measuring those expectations...
  9. Will we ever be able to retire?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon A lot of concern has been raised about the so called ‘Granny Tax’ in George Osborne’s latest budget , but also slipped in to the speech was: “I’ve also said that we would consider proposals to manage future increases in the state pension age, beyond the increases already announced. I can confirm today that there will be an automatic review of the state pension age to ensure it keeps pace with increases in longevity.” So will we be expected to work beyond the 66 in 2020 and 67 in 2008 already announced –it will be unclear until the summer. Depending on the nature of the work we do, is it realistic to expect us to work beyond this? Even with...
  10. State Pension: How Age Increases Leave Women, Poor Out in the Cold

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    Guest Article The Liberal Democrats have taken intense criticism, as many feel they have gone back on their word to keep age increases for the state pension on the old timetable. Though women have already accepted the burden by the previous government, sentencing them to another 4 years until state retirement, the coalition government has decided to speed up the age increase. Women will now face retiring at 66, the same age as men, by 2020. The age increase affected all those who were on their way to retirement, but is disproportionately affecting women who were born between 1953 and 1954, who have less than 7 years’ notice that they will need to work longer Gender discrepancies in pensions Women in their mid to late fifties are furious about the...
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