– Ros Altmann, director-general of over-50s group Saga
The move was long overdue and hopefully the workplace is now much more welcoming to older workers. This change does not mean anyone has to be forced to work longer. But it does mean that employers cannot force people to stop, if they are perfectly good at their jobs and willing and able to work.
The fact is that people are simply not 'old' or 'past it' any more in their 60s and, after all the tremendous advances in healthcare and labour practices, there is no reason why those who want to keep working should be forced out just on the grounds of their age.
The default retirement age in the UK has been fully abolished after being phased out from April this year. Workers can no longer be forced to retire at the age of 65 or over after today.