Forced retirement 'must be brought to an end'

An older people's charity has called for an end to forced retirement for over 50s.

A charity for the over 50s has called for the government to abolish the default retirement age in order to prevent older workers from being forced out of their jobs.

Age Concern and Help the Aged has vowed to continue its campaign to have the "outdated" concept of compulsory retirement abolished, as it is leaving many older people without a means of adding to their savings.

This comes after a High Court ruling last week upheld the legal standing of the default retirement age.

However, the judgement came with a caveat that this decision had only been taken because of the impending 2010 review of the policy, with judges agreeing that the law should be reconsidered.

Andrew Harrop‚ head of public policy at Age Concern and Help the Aged, therefore stated: "This judgement makes it crystal clear that this unfair legislation is past its sell by date."

This echoes calls made by the charity earlier this month, which described the default retirement age as "outmoded" and demanded its immediate abolition.

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