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Campaigns & Issues
The Pensions Bill
The Pensions Bill provides for the state pension to be increased in line with earnings, not the triple lock.
In fact the triple lock guarantee has no statutory underpin, it is based purely on the coalition agreement. It can be withdrawn at any time.
Ed Balls has spoken about pensioner benefits in recent weeks, he has expressed support for the triple lock, without nailing his colours firmly to the mast.
Cash-strapped adults are moving back in with their parents to cut costs
Increasingly large numbers of 20-35-year-olds are moving back in with their parents - dubbed the Magpie Generation, because they come home to roost.
Around three million ‘Magpies’ have gone back to live with mum and dad to cut down their overheads, but ageing parents are left counting the financial costs.
Competitions & Fun
War veteran Stan Lendrem has admitted his family call him a “fitness freak” because of his love of pumping iron – AGED 90.
Sprightly Stan – a body builder and football fanatic – hits his local gym three times a week and swims every day.
Stan, a former RAF aircraft fitter, walks three miles to the gym from his home in Wellington, Shrops., before jogging home and finishing the day with a well earned whisky.
He even marked his 90th birthday last month with a two hour gym session where he bench-pressed his heaviest set of weights of 40kg.
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Silver Travel Advisor is a friendly website packed with advice, tips, information and honest reviews written by and for silver travellers (aged over 50). A team of advisors are on hand to answer queries (for free), and you can share your own experiences too.
Health & Wellbeing
Lie ins are good for you!
Having a lie in at the weekend could help prevent the onset of diabetes, it has been revealed.
Doctors have found that sleeping longer on Saturday and Sunday mornings can cut the risk of developing the type 2 strain of the illness, which usually strikes in middle age.
It is known to be linked to lack of sleep and obesity and can have complications that include strokes, heart attacks, blindness, kidney disease and nerve and circulatory damage, which can eventually require limb amputations.
Property & Finance
Divorce costs £2600 per year in expected retirement income
Retirees who have been divorced expect a £13,800 annual retirement income compared with £16,400 for those who have never had a marriage breakdown.
Around one in five divorced people do not have private pensions.
22 per cent of previously divorced people retiring in 2013 are doing so with debts.
Divorce reduces average expected retirement income by around £2,600 or by as much as 16 per cent a year, according to new research from Prudential.
Leisure and Lifestyle
Britain’s last surviving Dambuster marked the 70th anniversary of the legendary raid with a special screening of the iconic film and said: “I’m the proudest man alive”.
Heroic George ‘Johnny’ Johnson, 91, joined fellow RAF veterans to commemorate the 1943 raid at a cinema just yards from the mess hall he had used as a young airman.
The 617 Squadron veteran served as a ‘bomb aimer’ in the daring mission - credited with turning the tide of WWII - to destroy three dams in the German Ruhr Valley.
George was charged with releasing an 8,500 lb ‘bouncing bomb’ from a Lancaster bomber flying just 30 ft above the water of the Sorpe Dam.
Ten Top Tips For Travel Writing
Everyone seems to be at it, travel writing that is! Travel blogs, reviews and articles abound on the internet, and at Silver Travel Advisor we have some marvellous pieces of writing which really tell you all you need to know about a destination that’s good for over 50s travel. We’ve brought together some of our top tips, from successful travel writers.
- Read travel articles in papers, magazines or blogs and work out what really draws you into the writing. Try to find 3 or 4 phrases that create a real ‘pull’ and why that is. It could be the action, the descriptions or the humour.
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