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Social Policy Review 18Analysis and debate in social policy, 2006$
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Linda Bauld, Karen Clarke, and Tony Maltby

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348449

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348449.001.0001

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Extending working life: problems and prospects for social and public policy

Extending working life: problems and prospects for social and public policy

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(p.220) (p.221) Eleven Extending working life: problems and prospects for social and public policy
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Social Policy Review 18
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Chris Phillipson

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861348449.003.0011

This chapter makes a general review of the pertinent issues and prospects for social and public policy on age and employment. It provides some insights from a detailed review for the Department for Work and Pensions. It outlines the current issues around work and retirement, then considers the many social policy initiatives that have acted as drivers to the removal or ‘exit’ and ‘pull’ factors. It details how social policy, particularly, since 1997, has been encouraging and promoting the exact opposite, the extension to working life. The chapter presents these trends by unambiguously documenting the growing body of work on this area. It suggests that the 20th century marked out a period in which the traditional notion of retirement became the norm.

Keywords:   social policy, public policy, age and employment, Department for Work and Pensions, work and retirement, exit and pull factors, working life

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