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DWP Scraps Mandatory Retirement at 65

Magazine article Public Finance

DWP Scraps Mandatory Retirement at 65

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Whitehall's largest department has scrapped its default retirement age - a move that is likely to allow most civil servants to work beyond the age of 65.

However, the Department for Work and Pension's decision, which could be replicated by other Whitehall departments this summer, does not cover senior civil servants.

SCS staff will be subject to their current retirement age of 65 until the Cabinet Office, which co-ordinates key employment decisions for senior staff, makes a formal decision on future employment practices.

The D WP's decision was announced to staff in an e-mail from permanent secretary Leigh Lewis on May 11. Lewis explained that 'as from October this year, there will no longer be a mandatory retirement age in DWP for staff in grades below the SCS'. It means that 'provided your performance remains satisfactory, you will be able to go on working past 65 if that is what you want to do', the circular states. …

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