Default retirement age abolished

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.

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Ros Altmann: 'Retirement law long overdue'

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.

– Ros Altmann, director-general of over-50s group Saga


Can you still be made to retire?

The default retirement age is being phased out today.

This means if you didn't receive notice from your employer before 6 April 2011, you can’t be made to retire using the default retirement age of 65.

Your employer can only make you retire if this can be objectively justified in the particular circumstances.

If you feel your employer is treating you unfairly due to your age, you can now challenge this at an employment tribunal.


Age UK: Retirement law is 'milestone'

We hope that now it is illegal to force someone out of their job simply because they are 65 or over, it will make employers look beyond their staff's date of birth, objectively assess their skills and contributions and trigger a more positive and realistic attitude to older people.

– Michelle Mitchell, charity director general of Age UK

Compulsory retirement age at 65 fully abolished

Workers can no longer be forced to retire at the age of 65 or over after today, in a move hailed as a "major milestone" by age equality campaigners.

Workes can no longer be forced to retire at the age of 65 Credit: PA Wire

Today marks the final day that employers can compel workers to retire under such rules, following the abolition of the Default Retirement Age (DRA) last year.

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