97 years ago today Britain introduced a 48 hour work week and a national minimum wage. This change was put forward by the National Industrial Conference of 1919. A conference strongly supported by the post-war Lloyd George government; Lloyd George was also responsible for the introduction of the state pension. Opposition at the time predicted a dependency and abandonment of personal and community responsibility.
State pensions and other senior funds and credits prevent people from suffering from extreme poverty in old age. Seniors also have needs for connection and relatedness, this is where the personal and community responsibility is more necessary than ever, as more people live away from their own extended families and more seniors live alone.
The Beacon Hill Village is an organization that addresses these issues and creates an active and empowering community for seniors living in Boston.