Compulsory retirement to be scrapped and state pension age to rise

The government has announced a further piece of legislation which will change the face of retirement in the UK. The Default Retirement Age (DRA) of 65 is to be scrapped from April 2011. As a result of the proposed legislation employers will no longer be able to dismiss an employee just because they turn 65. The Employment Relations Minister Edward Davey told the BBC it would still be possible for employers to force people to retire if they were no longer up to the job. "I think this [change] is really beneficial and should not be the problem some people suggest," he told the ...