In the past employers in the UK have been able to force staff to retire at age 65, which the Federation of Small Businesses [FSB] felt helped their members to plan ahead and manage changes to the workforce.

However effective 1 October 2011 the default retirement age program will defunct, taking away what Age UK’s Michelle Michelle terms as an ‘arbitrary best date’ for forcing employees to retire.

According to an article in The Guardian the FSB feels that the default retirement age should be raised in line with increases to the state pension age but not eliminated totally.   Others feel that retirement should be a matter of choice not law.