Ministers call for evidence on the default retirement age

Ministers are calling for businesses and individuals to submit evidence on the default retirement age to feed into the review taking place next year.

The government is asking for evidence including:

– The operation of the default retirement age in practice;
– The reasons that businesses use mandatory retirement ages;
– The impacts on businesses, individuals and the economy of raising or removing the default retirement age;
– The experience of businesses operating without a default retirement age;
– How could any costs of raising or removing the DRA be mitigated and benefits realised.

Minister for pensions and the ageing society Angela Eagle MP said: “As people live and work for longer, it is sensible that we have the debate on what works for business and individuals. The laws around employment and retirement need to reflect changes in economic and social circumstances.

“That is why earlier this year we announced we were bringing the review of the default retirement age forward to 2010. Today we are asking for evidence to be submitted by 1st February to allow that to happen.”

Submissions are requested by 1 February 2010 and should be emailed to draevidence@bis.gov.uk and/or posted to DRA Evidence, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, V497, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET.