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Sunday, 26 October 2014

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Barrow's rate of older workers among Britain's lowest

BARROW has one of the lowest proportions of “older” workers in Britain.

The latest figures showed just over half – 51.7 per cent – of 50 to 64 year-olds in Barrow are working, according to new information collated by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Barrow’s data was the fifth lowest of the local authority districts for April 2013 to March 2014.

Below Barrow were Tower Hamlets, London, West Somerset, and Lancashire’s Rossendale and Hyndburn. The figures for South Lakeland and Copeland were 71.1 per cent and 60 per cent.

Watford, in Hertfordshire, boasts the highest employment rate with 89.5 per cent of this age group in work, followed by The Shetlands, Scotland, with 88.3 per cent and North Dorset with 87.2 per cent.

The DWP said as well as highlighting the areas with the best records, the figures also show those places with the furthest to go to develop a labour market which makes full use of the skills and experience of their older working age population.

The department says the prevalence of particular industries can make the challenge of providing equal opportunities for older workers more difficult in some areas of the country than others.

Pensions minister Steve Webb said: “The business case for ignoring outdated and inaccurate stereotypes and giving older workers a chance to thrive is absolutely compelling, and these figures show that in some parts of the country that message is being received loud and clear.

“What we must do now is extend the positive record we’re seeing in counties like Hertfordshire across the whole of the UK. If we want to ensure people have comfortable retirements, that business thrives and our economy continues to recover, then equality of employment opportunity for older workers isn’t just a ‘nice to have’, it is essential.

“Another crucial point is that a person dropping out of the workforce early can have a devastating effect on their retirement income. We owe it to people to do everything possible to ensure they can benefit from a full working life.”

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I have been trying to get a job for years.I did my twenty two years.Served in most hot spots fought in the Falklands.I have no complaints I volunteered and I don't expect praise or a handout.I have a clean licence am not bothered by the cold and wet I am punctual ,smart,well mannered and loyal.Gis a Job

Posted by Tommy Atkins on 23 August 2014 at 13:18

Get the older people back to work why because the young ones wont have it

Posted by Hang"em"high on 21 August 2014 at 18:47

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