28.10.09

DRA Review: Call for Evidence

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

Currently UK employers can lawfully force employees to retire once they reach the age of 65, providing they follow the correct procedures.  The review had been due to take place in 2011 but Ministers announced in July that it was being brought forward to next year.

The Government is asking for evidence to be submitted, 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.”

Business Minister, Pat McFadden MP, added: “The default retirement age is a subject that employees, the business community, trade unions and charities all have a strong interest in.

“We want to receive information from all of these parties as it is important that our review is based on robust, detailed and wide-ranging evidence.”

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.

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