Pensions are so last year

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Paul McCartney thought that 64 was getting on a bit (I bet he doesn't now).

We need to start thinking about 'when I'm 68'.

"You can knit a sweater by the fireside, Sunday mornings go for a ride.

Digging the garden, doing the weeds, who could ask for more?"

Only 16% of us voted at the RCN's pension survey, which was to decide whether to accept or reject the government pension plans. If my maths is correct it means that 84% of us don’t really care one way or the other. 

What the government is proposing is that nurses need to work until they are 68 years old to get a full pension.

This is probably just about OK for nurses who work in offices and non-patient handling roles, but for those on the heavy wards… 

I know that 60 is the new 50 and all that, but what it really means is that come 2046 (when the new pension age comes into effect) there will be people setting their alarms for 6am in order to schlep off to work; instead of waking up at 9am to have a spot of brekkie and planning whether to visit the grandchildren or take a free bus somewhere nice.

There are lots of arguments for extending retirement age – virtually all of them involve saving the country bucket loads of money. I don’t really think you should be forced to work at 68. I wasn’t told about this when I was planning my life.

“Will you still need me, will you still feed me when I’m 64” used to pop into my head when I was thinking about ‘the future’. I only vaguely thought about my own retirement, but I know it involved lots of pottering, and a bit of mooching.

Suddenly I’m picturing myself at nearly 70 trying to get a 20 stone man half my age onto whatever a 2046 bedpan looks like (probably the same as now but with a hologram on it, or it might be a flying car with everyone living on the moon).

I’m rambling. My point is that 16% is insufficient for a mandate. Shall we ask the RCN if we can have another go? Maybe we could say we forgot about it, or maybe the dog ate it?

I don’t mind if we decide to reject it or accept it as long as it’s what everyone wants and we at least have a bit of a think about it.


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