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Default retirement age 'must be scrapped'



The default retirement age has come under fire from a charity for the over 50s.

The default retirement age is outmoded and should be scrapped, according to a charity for over 50s.

Age Concern and Help the Aged has issued the call in response to the new Pensions Policy Institute proposal to bring forward increases to the state pension age.

It is thought that in doing so, the government would offset the financial impact of longer life expectancy.

However, Andrew Harrop, head of public policy for the charity, explained this would have a detrimental effect on people who are saving for their retirement.

After a long consultation period, it was decided there would be a gradual increase in state pension age, but moving this forward could be disastrous, he commented, adding it would be "nonsensical" since employers could still force people out of work at 65.

Mr Harrop concluded: "The 2010 review is too late for people who need to continue working now.

"This outmoded law must be scrapped immediately."

Earlier this year, a similar argument was posited by the Employers Forum on Age, which claimed the concept of retirement is outdated and does not adequately reflect the way people live their lives.



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