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UK courts rule that retirement age is legal

The UK courts have today revealed that a case brought by Age Concern and Help the Aged regarding those forced to retire at 65 with no redundancy, has in fact failed. This is a major concern for the two charities and will impact upon more and more older workers in the UK, many of whom are now been forced to work above and beyond traditional retirement dates because of the increased cost of living and energy bills in particular.

The charities had argued that the UK's retirement age of 65 was against EU regulations but thankfully for employers, but not for employees, the mandatory retirement age has been rubberstamped. However, while the case may be over for the time being the judge who ruled over the case suggested there was a "compelling case" for a review of the law, something which the UK government has promised by the end of 2010.

While initial hopes of overturning the mandatory retirement age have been dashed for the time being many believe it is only a matter of time before the UK government is forced to reinvent and revisit the traditional retirement process in the UK. However, this is unlikely to happen until we see a new government in office which could be a few months yet.

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