A pensioner forced to return to work due to the cost of living crisis

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A worried pensioner has been forced to return to work aged 78 after 10 years of retirement, to cope with the rising cost of living.

Maurice Taylor said he was concerned about rising prices and wanted to “protect his finances for the future”.

He will start his job as a customer service adviser at high-end taxi company Addison Lee on Monday.

Mr Taylor, a father-of-one, said: “I haven’t worked full-time in ten years.

“I had what seemed like a reasonable pension 10 years ago, but it hasn’t kept pace with inflation.”

He added: “Prices are rising for heating, gas and electricity. I am alarmed by the further increases in the cost of fuel and gasoline.

“I know we are told that the current situation is temporary but prices will never return to where they were before.

“Rather than being left behind by the situation – and we can’t predict how much more prices will go up – I decided to do something about it.

“I am not poor. I am better off than many retirees, but I wanted to secure my finances. It’s my long-term survival plan.

Maurice Taylor, 78, now works for a taxi company

(Courtesy Maurice Taylor/SWNS)

Mr Taylor started working in 1961, when he was 17, checking death claims at an insurance company.

He then worked in sales for a furniture company before retiring 10 years ago.

Cost of living: how to get help

The cost of living crisis has hit every corner of the UK, pushing families to the brink with rising food and fuel prices.

  • The Independent asked experts to explain small ways to stretch your money, including managing debt and getting free items.
  • If you need access to a food bank, search your local council’s website using gov.uk, then use the local authority’s website to locate the nearest centre. The Trussell Trust, which runs many food banks, has a similar tool.
  • Citizens Advice provides free help to people in need. The organization can help you find grants or benefits, or advise you on rent, debt, and budgeting.
  • If you are experiencing feelings of distress and isolation, or if you are struggling to cope, The Samaritans offers support; you can talk to someone for free over the phone, confidentially, on 116 123 (UK and ROI), email [email protected] or visit the Samaritans website to find contact details for the nearest branch.

But on May 10, Mr Taylor applied for a customer service role at Addison Lee and had a phone interview two days later.

He went on May 19 for a face-to-face assessment and interview and the next day he was offered the job, which involves answering customer questions over the phone.

Mr Taylor said: ‘They didn’t mention my age at all. I told them and they said it didn’t matter.

“I have been a widower for 10 years and I spend a lot of time alone at home.

“The opportunity to go to a workplace and be around colleagues day in and day out is really very refreshing for me. I will be the grandfather of the workplace.

SWNS

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