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An ageing island

In our Ageing Island series we look at what the island might be like as a place to live in the future.

Ageing Island

What will it be like to live in Jersey in the coming years? It's a question we're being asked to consider as the government prepares a strategy for the way the island will look in almost thirty years time.

Jersey, like most developed nations, is facing a future where a majority of citizens are past the current retirement age.

This raises a wide range of questions from who will care for his, where we will live and who is going to pay for it all?

The States Chief Executive Bill Ogley summed up the choices facing islanders in the future in a few clear points.

  • How long are we going to work in the future?
  • Are we going to have to pay more to look after ourselves in our old age?
  • Are we going to live differently?
  • Are we going to build more housing, more town housing with better amenities?
  • Are we going to have more people out of our society working, so are we going to put more support into them?
  • Are we going to have more come and live in the island so we can keep business running in the future, and public services?

Time to care

In the first part of our Ageing Island series we speak to Andrew Green about being a carer and how we will look after ourselves in the future.

Future leaders

In the second part of our Ageing Island series we speak to a group of young people from Le Rocquier School and ask them for their views on the islands future.

Keep fit

In the third part of our Ageing Island series we look at keeping fit and staying healthier. Sarah Scriven spoke to a badminton player at Springfield Stadium.

Listen up

In the penultimate part of our Ageing series we listen to the concerns of some elderly residents and offer them the chance to impart the advice they think needs following to ensure a happier future for all.

The future

In the final part of the special Ageing series we put some of the issues that have been raised throughout the week to one of the Ministers responsible for developing the island's strategy for the future.

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Mr Fifty+
For those lucky enough to own a home of their own, have a good pension and be debt free Jersey is a wonderful place in which to retire. Sadly there are now pensioners who do not have this luxury already struggling to survive and have an ever diminishing quality of life. Those under 50 need to be very careful in ensuring they are making provision for their old age. Jersey is a selfish island, it increases taxes on the poorest and has a cost of living that is much to high. Rents are disproportionatly high and house prices are totally inflated. If we want to keep a balanced and diverse society we need a sustainable society through social cohesion based on good old fashioned christian standards. Sadly we are obsessed with wealth creation and not wealth distribution in this island. Only good government can deliver this, i pray they wake up and prepare for the hard facts that need to be faced. Preperation and planning prevents poor performance. I hope the government is doing its planning for all our sakes.

andrew, older people cost way more than younger people with hospital and health requirements

H Horse points that immigrants are part of the problem. This is a rather naive assertion given that Jersey has historically such low unemployment that there has always been a need to import low wage labour. The majority of these people have contributed to the local economy and generally stayed out of trouble.The alternative to importing cheap labour would have led to the collapse of agriculture and the hospitality industry; how many Islanders are physically capable or prepared to toil the land?In an ageing Island, the States need to look at means of maintaining socio-economic stability: regulating, not banning, immigration; regulating birth rates and a possible increase in the retirement age would be means of achieving this.

Ageing is a problem in every country, the only way is live today or save for later. As long as there is work in Jersey people will be paying in but in Europe the problem is people not working and getting money from the government. I think Jerseys biggest problem is Housing, people who don't live on the Island shouldn't be able to buy and Jersey has to stop building new properties and renovating old buildings I don't think Jersey has a problem with ageing as long as people have to work for a living

Mr Sensible
Rather not say has got his/her head in the sand people have been coming to and leaving jersey since the early forties, many immigrants have fully contributed through taxes and social security payments towards the islands economy whilst some have lived in rubbish accomodation for 20 yrs before gaining a good quality of life, many could not save and have filled the pockets of greedy landlords with high rental prices.As for local people leaving the island many now live in the UK claiming pensions there rightly so as they have contributed there. If you pay in you are going to get a pension.

Older people cost less in police costs than younger ones. End of.

Rather not say
The answer to the problem is not to bring more people to the island. After all, will these people not become old too one day? The problem has been caused by the influx of people that were brought to the island to work in the 90's. How can you solve a problem by bringing more people to the island when this caused the problem in the first place???????????

Rather not say
I'm fed up with people living beyond their means for 40 years then expecting the states (i.e. me as a tax payer) to pay for their old age - I know one couple who retired last year complaining of 'how hard thing are' - they seem to forget that they had two or three very expensive holidays every year for 40 years - ran expensive cars and eat out twice a week - if they'd spent a bit less, and saved a bit more my tax wouldn't be going up to support them

"who is going to pay for it all?" I bet that bloody bronze tree could have paid for a good few old folks tenfold.

H Horse
There are many well off retired people in the Island paying far more tax than many younger people - who are they are problem?Our current situation is because thousands of low paid people have been allowed into the island in the past who have no assts or private pensions and the tax payers are having to subsidize them.

Des - The social security people paid while they were working age covered to cost of pensions and benefits for the retired people of THEIR generation NOT for their own pension and benefits in retirement.The problem everyone is talking about is that 1) There are FEWER people of working age and 2) there are MORE people of retirement age.When someone retired now was of working age they had to cover the cost of far fewer retired people than our generation has to.

Des Chalkley
A person pays social secuities all their life when the person dies the government keeps all the payed monies so why does it cost so much for old people?The people have payed for their old age ALL governments use the social securities as a form of tax!The whole system needs to be looked a correctlyDes Chalkley

Mrs Le Marchand
Peaple have moved to Jerseylfor many years it is a lovely place to retire nice people and pleasant weather

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