Published: 8th Feb 2012

Syd Prior was the country’s oldest shop worker before he retired from his job at B&Q last month just short of his 97th birthday. He joined the DIY store 20 years ago, benefitting from the company’s policy of employing older workers. In our latest article on the UK’s ageing population, Simon Hobbs and Alan Hatton-Yeo argue that if we are to harness the potential of older people we need to recognise individuality and encourage a voice and real influence The big media story of the last few months has been the likelihood of a double dip recession and the European sovereign debt and banking crisis. This has led many to argue that the old paradigm of continuous economic growth is broken beyond repair. Much has also been written about the need to rebalance the British economy, in other words how to move away from dependence on … (To read the full article, subscribe below)