Seems that's the latest 'imaginative' idea to floated by a member of the house of lords. Apparently
Retired people should be encouraged to do community work such as caring for the "very old" or face losing some of their pension, a peer has suggested.
Lord Bichard, a former benefits chief, said "imaginative" ideas were needed to meet the cost of an ageing society.
And although such a move might be controversial, it would stop older people being a "burden on the state".
I know we've got a pensions funding issue, especially state pensions for people without a private pension but surely the pension is in essence there to support you when you're too old to be economically productive. Once you're on the pension you're out of the labour market. Maybe raising the retirement age in line with life expectancy / average ability to work would be a better way forward rather than making people eligible for the pension feel like scroungers.
We've got lots of problems to solve but maybe we could do with some more common sense / facing up to realities and less 'imaginitive' ideas. If the state can't / won't fund pensions as we'd like they should at least be honest, not give with one hand and then take back with the other.