Tory plan to raise retirement age to 66
Following the announcement from George Osborne that the state retirement age would rise to 66 within seven years under a Conservative government, Owen Warnock, partner at international law firm Eversheds comments:
“If a Conservative government is elected and brings this measure into force, clearly the default retirement age, at which employers can force employees to retire, will have to be increased to at least the new minimum age for state pension. The Conservatives are proposing this new state pension age of 66 will be introduced in 2016, but we can be pretty sure that the default retirement age will be raised much sooner than that - from 65 to at least 68, and more likely 70.
“This is for two reasons; first the current Government has announced a review of the default retirement age and signalled quite clearly that an increase is on the cards. Secondly, the High Court indicated 10 days ago in its judgment in the Heyday case that the age of 65 would not be "justified" under European law for much longer. In fact it is quite possible that, rather than raising the default retirement age, compulsory retirement will be banned altogether.”
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