Hampshire’s Age Concern chief steps down from role

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THE director of the Hampshire branch of Age Concern is to step down after 15 years of service.

Chris Perry announced his retirement at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting.

The 69-year-old said: ‘It was an agonising decision as older people have been my life for the past 15 years and at my time of life, even given recent legislative changes, giving up paid employment could well prove an irreversible decision.

‘I took the job initially to try to do something about age discrimination in the work place and poverty in retirement.

‘With the abolition of the default retirement age, restoration of the earnings link to the state pension, with the triple guarantee, and promise to move toward a universal state pension, now would be as good a time as any other to stand down.

‘I have enjoyed working here, but it’s now time to help my partner Carol with our guest house in the New Forest.’

For more information go to the Age Concern website