Local MP welcomes decision to scrap default retirement age

Jo has welcomed the Government’s decision to abolish the default retirement age.

Following a commitment in the Coalition agreement last July, Ministers have confirmed that from October this year employers will no longer be able to force staff to retire because they have reached the age of 65.

From April employers will no longer be able to give staff approaching 65 six months’ notice of mandatory retirement, but employees will still have the right to retire on or before age 65.

 Commenting, Jo said:

“With the population living longer, an arbitrary retirement age of 65 makes no sense at all. It is therefore vital that people of all ages here in East Dunbartonshire have the opportunity to continue in employment for as long as they wish.

“Older people have a huge variety of skills and experience to contribute. These changes will boost the economy, create a larger workforce and offer workers more flexibility.”

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