The elderly should earn their pensions by doing voluntary work in their communities to avoid being a ‘burden on the state’, a retired mandarin has suggested.
Lord Bichard, formerly head of the Benefits Agency, made the controversial suggestion at a House of Lords discussion on how to meet the costs of Britain’s ageing population.
Last night his plans were branded ‘National Service for the over-60s’ by angry pensioner groups.
The cross-bench peer, a former permanent secretary at the Department for Education, retired from the civil service at just 53.
His taxpayer-funded pension is estimated to be £120,000 a year.
Read more: Daily Mail, 24 Oct 2012