Over 50s issues 'require a clear government strategy'

A finance group for over 50s has called for the government to develop a more coherent policy for retirement issues.

The government has been called upon to establish a clear and unified strategy for dealing with issues relevant for over 50s facing retirement.

Older people's finance group Just Retirement has raised concern over the inconsistent and unfocused nature of the government's handling of issues pertaining to pensions, retirement and social care.

It specifically highlighted the fact that policy discussions on such matters are currently spread over a number of different departments, which it regards as an obstacle to "clear leadership".

The group has therefore called for changes to be made in order to provide more efficient treatment of over 50s issues, including the appointment of a designated cabinet minister responsible for retirement.

Nigel Barlow, head of research at Just Retirement, said: "If the political parties are serious about providing solutions to the pension issue, they must accord it the importance it deserves."

Earlier this month, the group advised over 50s who are struggling with limited retirement funds to ensure they claim any benefits that they are entitled to.

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