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Lucca Sat 07-Mar-20 18:45:07

Saw this somewhere and thought it amusing
“Good to see the government describing over 60s as elderly and vulnerable to corona virus ; when it comes to state pension we are young and fit enough to work until 66+”

ginny Sat 07-Mar-20 18:48:27

I’d been thinking the same myself.

Hetty58 Sat 07-Mar-20 18:51:05

Very true - yet they expect retired doctors to volunteer in the crisis - funny that!

nanaK54 Sat 07-Mar-20 18:52:46


Susan56 Sat 07-Mar-20 18:53:37

I said exactly the same?

Gaunt47 Sat 07-Mar-20 18:54:20

Brilliant - thanks Lucca!

CherryCezzy Sat 07-Mar-20 20:33:53

Contradictions if it suits them!

Washerwoman Sun 08-Mar-20 01:27:13

Exactly!WASPI and sandwich generation here.I would love to know how I can simultaneously protect myself as an 'elderly' person whilst caring for my very frail mum and grandchildren so DD can work in frontline healthcare.

BradfordLass73 Sun 08-Mar-20 01:32:26

When I worked in child health, it used to 'amuse' me that government spokespersons trumpeted how much it cost them to keep a child in care - and yet parents got only a fraction of that.

Gummie Sun 08-Mar-20 07:25:03

As I’m 60 and still have to do the daily grind, I’d be more than happy for them to decide now that I’m too vulnerable and give me my state pension today! Double standard governments.

Katyj Sun 08-Mar-20 08:06:06

I would love to stay home, but would my workplace pay me, and who would look after my very elderly mum and grandchildren? I suspect know one.

Pixxie7 Sun 08-Mar-20 09:08:06

Absolutely agree don’t forget the retired nurses they want to volunteer the very group they shafted.

Babs758 Sun 08-Mar-20 09:19:43

There is talk that the government will support, by law, those that switch their current jobs to help out the NHS albeit on a temporary basis. As my job will probably be on hold because of its nature I am interested in this, but certainly not medically qualified. I am
Also in my early 60s.....

polnan Sun 08-Mar-20 09:21:27

duh! to the Government, or those civil servants who decide what the Government will do.

JenniferEccles Sun 08-Mar-20 09:31:41

It’s a bit insulting isn’t it?

Sixty is by no means elderly.

I guess it was defined as such by a thirty something!!

To them fifty is elderly!!

EllanVannin Sun 08-Mar-20 09:36:36

Whichever way you look at it they're all out to see us off. Work until you drop---help out in the hope that you'll catch the virus, and drop. They've got a bloomin' cheek.

We're nuisances !

Moggycuddler Sun 08-Mar-20 09:40:47

I am 63. While I will admit to not being a spring chicken, I hate to be called elderly. To me, elderly is 75+. Before that maybe we can be "seniors".

NannyG123 Sun 08-Mar-20 10:09:38

I also read the government are thinking of banning over 70s going to premier league football matches. But what about the over 70s going to lower league matches ie championship. Do they not matter.

eazybee Sun 08-Mar-20 10:16:40

Elderly is someone who is five years older than me.

Charleygirl5 Sun 08-Mar-20 10:19:13

I am 76 and do not feel elderly. I agree it is double standards when it suits. If we are more susceptible, more may catch the coronavirus and yippee, fewer pensions to pay.

yaiyai Sun 08-Mar-20 10:27:33

Yes they certainly contradict themselves. The state pension is allegedly a ‘benefit’ but not so when applying for anything available for those in receipt of a ‘benefit’

varian Sun 08-Mar-20 10:29:52

I suspect that elderly always mean quite a lot older than me

Daisymae Sun 08-Mar-20 10:35:12

Seems that the government are going for 70 as elderly. This suits as they want people to work untill 68+

ElaineI Sun 08-Mar-20 10:37:07

Hmm I agree with all the above. Also if retired doctors and nurses are brought back we are generally 60 plus therefor apparently more susceptible surely? I now work longer hours looking after DGC than I worked in NHS so won't be able to help.

icanhandthemback Sun 08-Mar-20 11:06:30

Gummie, why should the Government give anybody anything for childcare? Whilst as mother of 6 it has been lovely to receive child benefit, it was our choice to have children.
I am incensed though that I have paid into a pension plan since I was 18 yet I now have to wait for a full 7 years longer than the terms I signed up to. A private pension fund would never get away with that.