The Age Concern and Help the Aged pre-election manifesto is challenging all political parties to commit to scrapping forced retirement legislation. The call comes as new research by the charity shows the use of mandatory retirement ages soared during the recession, with over 100,000 people forced to retire on or after turning 65. Meanwhile the countdown to forced retirement is now on for a quarter of a million more workers in their 60s.
The issue tops the bill of key manifesto challenges that include calls for radical reform of care in old age. The paper, Our Strength is Our Number, covers six critical issues for later life: respect; support; money; health; participation and ageing around the world.
The Charity is challenging all political parties to commit to:
- end forced retirement by scrapping the Default Retirement Age
- stop unwarranted age limits on insurance
- outlaw age discrimination in the NHS and social care by 2012
Support to be independent
- radical reform of the care and support system
- include social care in safeguards for health-related spending