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Chris Ball

Expert on the ageing workforce. Researcher at Newcastle University's Centre for Research on the Older Workforce (CROW)

Dr Chris Ball is a Research Fellow in the Department of Business Studies at Newcastle University where he specialises in research on the opportunities and challenges of workforce ageing. He is now working with the Centre for Research on Older Workers (CROW) at Newcastle and Hull Universities and currently engaged on a European Union funded project, ASPIRE (Active Ageing through Social Partnership and Industrial Relations Expertise). Chris was previously Chief Executive of TAEN - The Age and Employment Network, National Secretary of the Manufacturing, Science and Finance Union and in his early work life, a Physics Teacher.

Working Late Or Retiring Early: Which Is The Healthy Option?

Studies have shown that retirement is linked to less physical activity, changes in dietary patterns (eating less fresh fruit and vegetables for example), more alcohol consumption and less social interaction. Once we leave the routine of working life, the habits of a lifetime may be thrown overboard. The happy hour may start earlier, lunch may linger and that early morning brisk walk for the train we have lost, may eliminate our day's dose of strenuous exercise.
08/10/2017 19:30 BST

New Skills For Older Workers?

Everyone seems to agree, a skilled and trained workforce is a pre-requisite for a successful economy. New skills and training are good for individuals too.
20/07/2017 12:47 BST

Trumpeting The Success Of The Older Worker

Though most other "isms" were piled on the ballot scales at some point in the USA Presidential election, ageism never seemed much of a factor with the electorate. Perhaps this was because both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were well beyond what we still laughingly call, "normal retirement age".
18/11/2016 13:30 GMT

I, Daniel Blake and the Work Capability Assessment

The reviews of <em>I, Daniel Blake</em>, have already made Director Ken Loach's case for an Oscar, but if such a thing existed, the film would merit an award for critically explaining an aspect of public policy - in this case, the UK's welfare to work system. While Loach's insight into the condition of the poor in twenty-first century Britain speaks for itself, the policy background is less familiar.
09/11/2016 16:27 GMT

Are Older People Robbing The Young In The Jobs Market?

Policies which reflect changing generational challenges as well as needs, interests and capabilities must be part of any sensible, pragmatic, humane approach to working and ageing throughout the life course.
03/11/2016 10:23 GMT

Memories Of The Eleven Plus

Theresa May's plans to reintroduce selection of children at eleven conjures up memories I thought I had forgotten. Sixty years ago is a long time, but believe me I still feel the pain when I think about the eleven plus exam.
12/09/2016 15:53 BST

Celebrating Senior Citizens' Day

The dice falls unevenly and the inequalities in society could hardly be more vividly expressed than in the health and dignity of older people in later life. Not all the years of extra life we are enjoying will be in good health.
23/08/2016 13:48 BST

Referendum Calls for an Intergenerational Choice

If the Brexit campaign wins, the young will live through the remaining years of the 21st Century on the fringes of Europe, part of the same continental shelf but for all our country's influence, on a different tectonic plate. The young are the ones who will have to live with the decision far longer than you. Listen to them before you vote, or better still let them decide it.
23/06/2016 09:18 BST

The Super-Ageing Future for Europe and Japan

British society, Japanese society - the super ageing workforce will demand common sense liberal measures in both cases. We can learn a lot by considering how other people do things, despite our cultural differences - or maybe because of them.
14/06/2016 12:40 BST

Harsh Realities of Growth in Self-Employment for Britain's Older Workers

They are more likely to be following the maxim, "Live longer, work longer," but how much work do they actually do? Being "self-employed" may seem preferable to being "retired" and definitely better than "unemployed," even if many of the self-employed are in tiny jobs, working only a few hours a week. In truth, some may be happy with that, but not all are.
28/08/2014 12:59 BST

Working Later Must Include Support for Caring

We will be looking for policies for working carers as well as decent standards in the design of work, lifelong learning / job training, flexible working, and benefits which generally support the health and financial security of employees.
13/12/2013 16:52 GMT

Raising State Pension Ages - We Have to Change Work First!

One problem is that ageing workers are widely seen as "a burden" with the focus of attention being on their chronological ages rather than their work capacity (or, to use an increasingly recognised concept, their work-ability) which can vary enormously from worker to worker of the same ages.
09/12/2013 14:44 GMT

End Age Discrimination in Employment Now!

Age discrimination has been described as the last bastion of prejudice. In 2006 most age discrimination in the workplace was made unlawful. The problem is it carries on regardless.
20/09/2013 14:06 BST