Govt confirms scrapping of default retirement age

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The government will today confirm the scrapping of the default retirement age (DRA) from April, meaning employers will no longer be able to dismiss staff when they turn 65.

The move has been welcomed by ministers and pensions experts who say it will boost pension savings Ditching the DRA was one of the coalition government's first post-election pledges, and the issue was under consulatation at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) last year. Employment relations minister Ed Davey says: "Older workers have a lot to offer in the workplace and it's time we got rid of this outdated form of age discrimination. We will do all we can to support businesses with the change." The change means employers will no longer be able to issue any noti...

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