As noted above in Seldon v Clarkson Wright, the government has invited consultation on the proposal to scrap the default retirement age from 1 October 2011. Transitional arrangements would commence on 6 April 2011. The government states that this measure is one of the steps it is taking to enable people to work for longer, alongside raising the state pension age to 66.
The government is also proposing to remove the ‘right to request’ retirement procedure for requests to work beyond retirement age. It will still be possible to specify a retirement age but this must be objectively justifiable (see Seldon v Clarkson Wright above).