Did the Spring Budget deliver for older workers?
We discussed whether the Budget really will deliver more employment for people in their 50s and 60s.
Getting older workers back to work – and helping them stay there – was set to be a major focus of the Budget. The Chancellor made clear he intended to make major moves and address the fact that economic activity among the 50-64s remains well above its pre-pandemic levels, but his announcement was light on specific support tailored for the needs of older workers.
Ageing Better’s research and evidence points to clear solutions: a national programme of 50+ employment support – or at least the expansion of existing programmes to engage new people – and an employer-facing campaign.
In this webinar, we gathered a panel of experts post-Budget to mark the Chancellor’s homework. We discussed what the Chancellor announced around employment in his Budget, what this meant for older workers, and what will come next.
Will this Budget really deliver more employment for people in their 50s and 60s? Will it tackle the barriers we face at the latter end of our working lives – from managing our health, to caring responsibilities, to straight-up ageism?
And, with eyes now turning to the election, and the pension age continuing to rise, what long-term solutions do all political parties need to be focused on to make longer working lives a reality for everyone?
- Chair: Justin Newman, Director of Strategy and Partnerships, Centre for Ageing Better
- Fiona Aldridge, Head of Insight & Intelligence, Economic Delivery, Skills and Communities at West Midlands Combined Authority
- Liz Sayce, Visiting Professor in Practice, LSE and former CEO, Disability Rights UK
- Emelia Quist, Head of Policy Research, The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
- Emily Andrews, Deputy Director for Work, Centre for Ageing Better
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