Manifesto commitments to scrap forced retirement

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

The three major political parties have committed to abolishing the Default Retirement Age.

Labour's manifesto published on 12 April stated:

'As well as promoting flexible working, we will now proceed to end default retirement at 65, with a review to establishing the right way in which to support more people to work longer should they choose to do so.'

The Conservatives' manifesto published the following day also included the following commitment:

'We will look at how to abolish the default retirement age, as any older people want to carry on working'.

The Liberal Democrats' manifesto published on 14 April also commits to:

'Scrap compulsory retirement ages, allowing those who wish to continue in work to do so'.

The Labour and Conservative Party manifestos also include commitments to extent the right to request flexible working.

The Labour Party manifesto states: 'By the end of the next Parliament we will ensure that the right to flexible working is extended for older people, recognising that many, including grandparents, want to vary their hours to the benefit of their families and to accommodate changing lifestyles. We will consult on the age at which this right should apply.'

The Conservative Party manifesto includes a commitment to:

'extend the right to request flexible working to all those in the public sector, recognising that this may need to be done in stages. In addition, we will:

  • in the longer term, extend the right to request flexible working to all, but only in the light of experience and after full consultation with business on how to do this in a way which is administratively simple and without burdening them with extra costs
  • oblige JobCentre Plus offices to ask employers if their vacancies could be advertised on a part-time or flexible basis'.

Updates about further developments on the above will follow after the general election in May