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Age UK statement on Default Retirement Age announcement

Published on 29 July 2010 12:00 AM

Michelle Mitchell, Age UK Charity Director, said:

"We have fought a four year campaign to achieve this historic decision so Age UK is absolutely delighted that the government is finally setting a clear date for the abolition of this arbitrary and unfair law. This is a huge victory for hundreds of thousands of employees who are at risk of being forced out of their jobs simply because of their age. The Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition deserves full credit for turning their commitment to fairness into practice.

"Everybody stands to win from scrapping forced retirement. People over 65 will have full employment rights for the first time. The economy will benefit from older workers' precious skills and experience and their increased buying power. Public finances will receive a boost from more people paying taxes for longer."

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