13.07.09

Government to Bring Forward Review of Default Retirement Age

In the week the Age Concern and Help the Aged challenge to the Default Retirement Age (DRA) returns to the High Court in London, Gordon Brown has announced that the Government will be bringing forward the review it had planned of the policy from 2011 to 2010.

The move comes as part of a revised strategy the Government is proposing to adopt, aimed at achieving its vision of creating a ‘society for all ages’.  It seeks to build on its previous Opportunity Age programme of action – put forward in 2005 - which set out the steps needed to help the UK respond to demographic change and which the Government says has now been largely delivered.

Apart from the earlier review of the DRA, other measures contained in the new Building a Society for All Ages: Preparing for Longer Lives strategy include encouraging more people aged 50+ to become self-employed; a new ‘Active at 60’ package; working with local areas to develop ‘Good Place to Grow Old’ programmes;  a number of digital inclusion projects; and a new national UK Advisory Forum on Age.

The Government is seeking views on a number of specific questions and will be holding various consultation events in the coming months.

For more information visit: http://www.hmg.gov.uk/buildingasocietyforallages

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