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At last! by perfectbitch on 15 September 2007 3:17am
I am as pleased as punch as I have been accepted onto a CELTA (teaching english as a foreign language) course. It is for 6 months after which I will be able to work as a teacher and come off the benefit system. It will also give me a chance of working abroad and I won't have to stop when I'm 60. Yes.

Re: At last! by tucsonmike on 15 September 2007 4:00am
Way to go, Linz!
Re: At last! by sighthound on 15 September 2007 7:14am
Congrats, Linz!

And what is this about having to stop when you're 60? I'm 60 and most people my age here in the U.S. think that they're going to have to work until they drop.
Re: At last! by johnnythemonkey on 15 September 2007 7:22am
Well done Linz, I'm happy for you.

Re: At last! by kazzzz on 15 September 2007 11:14am
Ooh nice one, well done!
Re: At last! by Spursfan on 15 September 2007 11:15am
Well done Linz!!
Re: At last! by andrea_nyc on 15 September 2007 11:29am
Great news Linz! I'm very pleased for you. Sounds like a wonderful and meaningful job, which is a rare thing. :)
Re: At last! by perfectbitch on 15 September 2007 2:01pm
Thank-you all for your support. 60 is considered retirement age for women by most companies in this country and 65 for men. I would be eligable for a state pension at 60 as we have to pay national insurance while we work which is for the national health system and pensions. Women born later than I will be able to work longer as the rules have changed for these women.

Re: At last! by Spursfan on 15 September 2007 5:50pm
I think it is good in Turkey where you retire after working a certain number of years, or should I say collecting a certain amount of their version of NI, I suppose. For example a middleclass lady we know 'retired' on her 50th birthday, and now gets a regular pension (although she didn't 'work' before - though she probably did twice as much work being a housewife!!). In fact we went to a dinner to celebrate her retirement.

But if you ARE in employment, after 'x' amount of years (not sure how many) you can retire and claim government pension.

My husband is 58 and his company, well, he works for local government, won't let him go until he is 65. When I retired (early on ill-health grounds at 43) my local government pension was enhanced from 10 to 20 years, but they have stopped doing that.

He has had enough now and just wants to stop, but why lose part of his works pension?

Am I making sense here? I am rambling a bit so excuse me please.

I will shut up now.

Anne ;-)
Re: At last! by sighthound on 15 September 2007 10:28pm
It used to be we would be eligible for our Social Security pensions at 65 (or you could take a smaller pension at 62.) Now that the baby boom generation is getting ready to retire (and because our government has spent all the pension money that was withheld from our salaries on its ludicrous wars) the retirement age is being raised. I can collect when I'm 67 but some, born later, won't be able to collect until they're 70. And the amount doesn't increase as fast as inflation so it's not enough to live on. I'll have to work at least part-time until I drop.
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