Ministers proposing the scheme say it will apply to far more people than the 2.2 million who were told to shield from March onwards, but would be more “sophisticated” and tailored to individual circumstances.
People in their 70s, for instance, may be told to carry on as normal if they are in good health, while even those in the existing shielding category will be allowed more freedom if their health conditions are at the less serious end of the scale.
However, Matt Kilcoyne, the deputy director of the Adam Smith Institute think tank, said: “The Government’s messaging on this is muddled and they risk creating the worst of both possible worlds.
“For middle-aged and nearing retirement individuals, they’ve built their experiences through the recession, the busts and booms, the dot com bubble, Thatcher and the seventies of stagnation.
“These are people who have seen it all, who have as much
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