Reply To: Life 100 years ago

12 November, 2011 at 12:26 #918
anne
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In 1908 a measure was passed in England for a non-contributory old age pension (albeit only 5 shillings a week)

To qualify one had to be means tested and have worked to one’s ‘full potential’ which seems to be a grey area. Pensioners also had to be over 70years and as average life expectancy was around 50 at this time many eligible did not live to receive it.