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People are working an older age Britain. The number 70-74 year-old people who work has doubled the past decade. Around 10 per cent British people their early 70s are now working. It is the highest figure since records began. The British government says just a quarter of a million 70-74-year-olds currently have jobs. In 2005, there were 100,000 of them. The government said people are working to an older age and are deciding to retire later. A labour union spokesperson said the reason people working their old age is because retirement pensions Britain are becoming more difficult to live . Many older people have to work and delay retirement to be able to survive.

Employment spokesman Frances O'Grady said: "The last decade has seen [big] changes the labour market, far more people working retirement age. While there are plenty who enjoy remaining work, many need to earn extra cash because they cannot afford to retire." He added that: "We need decent jobs and pensions all so that people can make a genuine choice whether they remain work." A spokesman for small businesses, John Allan, said more older people were starting their own businesses. He said: "More and more older people are [deciding ] a career change later life and are starting up their own businesses, pursuing something they may have dreamed doing for years."

 
 

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