Elderly told: go back to work and downsize

Tim Ross
Telegraph

Elderly people should be encouraged to go back to work and move into smaller homes, one of David Cameron’s key advisers said last night.

David Halpern, a senior No.10 aide, said loneliness was a “more powerful predictor” of whether a pensioner would be alive for more than a decade than whether they smoked.

He also suggested that elderly people who did not move to smaller homes were contributing to the shortage of housing in England.

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