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Phasing out the Default Retirement Age

Open date: 29 Jul 2010

Closing date: 21 Oct 2010

Response date: 13 Jan 2011

The Coalition's Programme for Government commits the Government to phasing out the Default Retirement Age (DRA). This consultation sets out the background to the DRA, and explains how the Government is proposing to remove it. The Government's response to the consultation was published on 13 January 2011 and confirms that the DRA will be phased out. The document is available via a link at the bottom of the Retirement Age consultation page.


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The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations, which came into force on 1 October 2006, provide for a default retirement age of 65 that employers can rely on if they wish. The regulations make earlier retirement ages unlawful unless employers can objectively justify them. The regulations also introduced a statutory right for individuals to request postponement of retirement beyond the age of 65 - requests which the employer must consider.


Transcript of 'Default Retirement Age - Edward Davey' (DOC, 44 Kb) 

The Coalition's Programme for Government commits the Government to phasing out the Default Retirement Age (DRA). This consultation sets out the background to the DRA, and explains how the Government is proposing to remove it. This measure is one of the steps that the Government is taking to enable and encourage people to work for longer, alongside raising the State Pension Age to 66 faster than currently scheduled and ensuring there is effective support for helping those out of work to find work.


Accessing the consultation document

You can download a copy of the Phasing out the default retirement age: consultation document (PDF, 439 Kb) 

Alternatively you can read the consultation document online....


Responding to the consultation

This consultation is now closed, and the response document published below.

View the general comments (PDF, 62 Kb)  people made about this consultation.

Guidance

Business Link

Further background information and research together with updated DWP guidance for employers on workforce management without a fixed retirement age is available at : Business Link - Managing without a fixed retirement age.

Acas

Guidance produced by Acas can be found on the Acas website at : Acas - Retirement Process and the removal of the Default Retirement Age.

 

 

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