14 May 2010 #Employment
After both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats stated in their manifestos that they planned to abolish the Default Retirement Age (DRA), the new Coalition Government yesterday declared that it will be "phased out".
The Coalition Agreement does not set in detail exactly how this would happen, merely stating that they will "hold a review to set the date at which the state pension age starts to rise to 66, although it will not be sooner than 2016 for men and 2020 for women.
The Employers Forum on Age have commented that this does not go far enough to protect elderly people from age discrimination.
The DRA was held last year (in the Heyday case) to be lawful, however it continued to receive widespread criticism and was expected to be removed by whichever party gained power.