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Peer Lord Bichard sparks anger by suggesting OAPs could work in return for pension
10:43am Thursday 25th October 2012 in News
A Southampton peer has sparked anger by suggesting retired people do community work in return for their pensions.
During a meeting of a committee investigating the impact of the ageing society, he said: "Are there ways in which we could use incentives to encourage older people, if not to be in full time work, to be making a contribution?
"It is quite possible, for example, to envisage a world where civil society is making a greater contribution to the care of the very old, and older people who are not very old could be making a useful contribution to civil society in that respect, if they were given some incentive or some recognition for doing so."
He added: "Are we using all of the incentives at our disposal to encourage older people not just to be a negative burden on the state but actually be a positive part of society?"