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Comment on ONS report on people working later

Published on 02 March 2011 04:30 PM

Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director at Age UK, said:

 'It's really encouraging to see that the numbers of people are continuing to work past 65 are going up. Age should never be a barrier to achievement and research has shown that many older workers have no intention of taking it easy and are still looking to continue to progress with their careers.

'The Government's decision to abolish the Default Retirement Age will help even more people to work longer by passing the choice of when to retire back to the individual. Today's figures show that recruiting older workers can be a really good investment for employers with 83 per cent of the over 65s having worked for their current employer for at least five years.'

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Notes to Editors

Age UK

For media enquiries relating to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland please contact the appropriate national office: Age Scotland on 0131 668 8055, Age Cymru on 029 2043 1562 and Age NI on 028 9024 5729.

Age UK is the new force combining Age Concern and Help the Aged, dedicated to improving later life.

We provide free information, advice and support to over five million people; commercial products and services to over one million customers; and research and campaign on the issues that matter to people in later life. Our work focuses on five key areas: money matters, health and well being, home and care, work and training and leisure and lifestyle. We work with our national partners, Age Scotland, Age Cymru and Age NI (together the Age UK Family), our local Age UK partners in England and local Age Concerns. We also work internationally for people in later life as a member of the DEC and with our sister charity Help Age International.

Age UK is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England (registered charity number 1128267 and company number 6825798). Age Concern England and Help the Aged (both registered charities), and their trading and other associated companies merged on the 1st April 2009. Together they have formed the Age UK Group ("we"). Charitable services are offered through Age UK and commercial products are offered by the Charity's trading companies, which donate their net profits to Age UK (the Charity).

Media contact: Ashley Cox
Tel: 020 8765 7513
Out-of-hours: 07071 243243

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