A “mid-life MOT” website pointing people taking stock of their finances, career and health to the free help and guidance available has been launched by the Government.
The website helps people get to grips with their pension plans; find out about their options for changing work patterns, such as going part-time or flexible working, as they move towards retirement; and offers help to stay in good health.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), working in partnership with Public Health England, the Money Advice Service and the National Careers Service, said the website includes help for people who want a “financial and physical stock-take”, at a crucial point in their careers.
Launching the website, Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion Guy Opperman encouraged employers to help their staff with mid-life MOTs.
He said: “There comes a point in life’s journey when we need to take a closer look under the bonnet, when retirement no longer seems a million miles away but there’s still plenty of road ahead before we need to turn off towards retirement.
“A mid-life MOT can help people make sure everything is heading in the right direction – so everyone is fit for the road for years to come.”
As well as launching its own site, the DWP has worked with Business in the Community (BiTC) on a guide for small and medium-sized businesses, showing how they can help staff with mid-life MOTs.
The mid-life MOT website is at www.yourpension.gov.uk/mid-life-mot/.