The Government has announced that it will bring forward to 2010 its review of the default retirement age of 65.

The review was originally scheduled for 2011 and comes as the High Court is hearing the Heyday test case (brought by Age Concern) on whether the UK default retirement age is lawful.

The case was referred back to the UK courts after the ECJ ruled that a national default retirement age could be legal as long as it could be justified.

It now seems, however, that the Government may be indicating how it plans to deal with the problems created by the UK’s ageing society and pension shortfall.