Older women are working for longer

And for many reasons other than financial hardship

By Norma Cohen  

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Recent news that the ranks of older women in the workforce are swelling may come as a surprise. But as pensions provider Hargreaves Lansdown points out, official data shows out that the percentage of working women over the age of 70 has doubled within the past four years.

Given the outcry over moves to raise the state pension age (SPA) for women, these figures might be interpreted as a response to financial hardship. However, experts on labour and retirement dismiss this reading. “It’s fantastic…

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