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Retirement Age

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2006, Official Report, columns 189-90W, on the retirement age, what his Department’s policy is on the application of the national default retirement age to staff below the senior civil service. (109537)

The Department for Work and Pension has abolished its mandatory retirement age for all staff below senior civil service grades from 1 October 2006. The minimum principal civil service pension scheme pensionable age of 60 has not changed, which means that staff can choose when they wish to retire, and claim their full pension benefits, from age 60 onwards. The Department will assume staff wish to continue to work unless they tell us otherwise.