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Christopher Phillipson

Professor of Sociology and Social Gerontology

The University of Manchester

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Manchester, Manchester,M13 9PT

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The University of Manchester has been at the forefront of development studies for over 60 years. The Global Development Institute continues the commitment to addressing global poverty and inequality, by uniting the strengths of the Institute for Development ...more

Background Information

Employment History

Professor of Sociology and Social Gerontology

Manchester


Past-President

British Society of Gerontology


Professor of Applied Social Studies and Social Gerontology

Keele University


Co-director

MICRA


Affiliations

The Gerontological Society of America

Fellow


British Gerontological Society

Fellow


Timescapes

Advisory Board Member


Consortium on Urban Ageing

Member


FUTURAGE

Member of the Council of Scientists


Age Concern England

Member


British Council for Age

Co-Founder


British Holistic Medical Association

Trustee


The Center for Social Gerontology Inc

Founder


Department of Applied Social Studies and Social Work

Founder


Education

BA


Ph.D

Durham University


Web References(196 Total References)


People - Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing - The University of Manchester

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Prof Chris Phillipson - University of Manchester


Flexible retirement age: an idea whose time has come?

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Pensioner poverty began to improve only in the late 70s as the value of the state pension rose and an increasing number (mainly men) were able to benefit from occupational pension schemes, explains Chris Phillipson, professor of gerontology at the University of Manchester and co-director of the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing.
While the first contributory, flat-rate pension in the UK was introduced for women who reached 60 and men who reached 65 by the 1946 National Insurance Act, for most of the 1950s and 1960s, those without an occupational pension - the majority of working-class pensioners - were condemned to eke out their old age on the margins of poverty. "The reality is that the 1950s and 1960s were a time of great poverty for the majority of older people," says Phillipson. One reader, Christopher, who is 68 and still working, emailed me to say: "Please take care in this series to recognise the element of free choice ... For many, we should recognise the pension as a hard-earned and self-paid relief from physical labour. We should not see a longer working life as an expected way of life." We are not quite there yet - but such an approach is already coming into view. According to Phillipson: "For the present, retirement is likely to be sustained by the attitudes and demands of 'first wave' boomers, many of whom have shaped expectations, over their life course, of a 'normal' retirement. But longer term, the situation is less clear." Already we have what Alan Walker, professor of social policy and social gerontology and the director of the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme at the University of Sheffield, calls a "desperately low basic state pension", and for the 3 million older people with no second pension or sufficient savings, retirement means poverty. And a rising state pension age could mean that in future, some don't ever receive it. "Many groups of workers will not benefit from a period of retirement because they will die before the state retirement age or will have insufficient income to be able to leave what may be precarious work in their 60s and early 70s," says Phillipson. "Without question in the future (unless reforms are made) the rising pension age combined with inadequate personal pensions/savings will severely restrict the length of time which some groups are able to spend in retirement. This is becoming a major source of inequality." The point I think is most key here is that, as Phillipson explains: "In future, therefore, there will be a substantial redistribution from the poor to the wealthy, raising the issue of who will soon be benefiting from the remains of the social state."


Landmark Ageing conference to be held in Greater Manchester | GMCA

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· Professor Chris Phillipson - Professor of Sociology and Social Gerontology, University of Manchester


Past events

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community Archives - Visbuzz

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But if they stay in - in "self-imposed house arrest", as Chris Phillipson, professor of sociology and social gerontology at the University of Manchester, calls it - their physical and mental health is liable to deteriorate, and they're prone to isolation and depression.


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