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Margaret Dibben Editor
THIS YEAR the baby-boomers start to turn 65 and join the 875,000 UK citizens who already have. The Department for Work and Pensions reckons that ten million people who are alive today will live to 100, including 1.3 million people who are already aged between 51 and 65. This will be a substantial and vociferous force of people. It needs to be to make sure older people get their due share of resources and benefits.
The outlook does not look good at the moment as it is difficult to see any bright side on the financial front. Savings rates are still belt-tighteningly low, inflation is threatening, we have to work longer to earn a pension which won’t increase by much, and local authorities are cutting front-line services. Fraud is a growing threat both to our finances and to our very identity.
We must stay alert to make the most of our money and keep it safe.
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is a financial journalist who has been writing on money matters for the Sunday Times for the last 25 years. She currently runs a column answering readers’ letters and resolving their problems.
She is also joint author of a book on the SS Great Britain, the Brunel ship rescued from the Falkland Islands and now restored in Bristol.
A prizewinning freelance finance journalist and broadcaster (Money Box, BBC Breakfast, Saga, etc.), Paul Lewis is also an authority on Wilkie Collins. He tweets as paullewismoney and thewomaninwhite. Every word he has written or spoken professionally back to 1996 is available for insomniacs on his website paullewis.co.uk
After a misspent youth in the Inland Revenue, Tony Hetherington found legitimate employment as ITN’s first dedicated financial journalist, working for Channel 4 News. He introduced the idea of newspaper financial agony aunts 30 years ago, and since 1994 has written for the Mail on Sunday, investigating scams as well as straightforward consumer grievances.
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