Senior doom Monger
I didn't know that, or rather, I had forgotten about it!This is not always the case.
There are certain schemes where you can take benefits at 50 (one example is serving Her Majesty).
Every day is a school day.
However, I don't think that 50 applies to many professions - armed forces is one, police service another, but for most occupations 55 or later is the rule (barring early retirement for ill-health).
Legislation is set to change in 2028, so that the earliest date for most professions/occupations is rising to 57.