Work till you drop

Compulsory retirement at 65 is set to be scrapped, under rules that aim to put a stop to age discrimination.

From next October older workers will be legally entitled to work beyond the age of 65 if they are capable of performing. Those who want to retire will still be able to do so.

The changes will be outlined today in a statement issued by Business Minister Ed Davey. The Government will also announce changes to the pensions system.

The Pensions Bill will raise the state pension age to 66 for everyone by 2020. The Minister is expected to say:

Mr Davey is expected to say: 'Older workers play a very important role in the workplace. It's high time we ended this outdated form of discrimination. Retirement should be a matter of choice, rather than compulsion.'

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