The Government has announced in its strategy document "Building a society for all ages" that it has brought forward its review of the default retirement age to 2010, from its original planned date of 2011.

Since its introduction, the default retirement age, set at 65 by the Employment Equality "Age" Regulations 2006, has attracted a great deal of criticism by numerous campaign groups, and has been the subject of a judicial review challenge led by the National Council for Ageing.

If the default retirement age is considered to be no longer necessary, the Government will not implement any changes until 2011, to afford employers and employees time to prepare and make the necessary plans for dealing with retirement.