PLANS to raise the retirement age from 65 and require everyone to work longer are being discussed by ministers behind closed doors.
Draft papers circulating among States Members show that the thrust of the new Strategic Plan will be to cut back on spending, deal with an ageing society and ‘manage the expectations of the public’.
It is expected that if nothing is done, the States will be running at a £140m annual deficit by 2035, as more and more people retire and stop paying taxes, while needing more and more from social services, particularly in health spending and pensions.
Documents were distributed yesterday afternoon giving all Members an update on the ‘workshops’ held to knock initial plans into shape, but noting that it was important that it be ‘treated in confidence’.
dropping out of the workforce too soon.’
• Picture: The Social Security building, Philip Le Feuvre House, in La Motte Street