Select Committee on Education and Employment Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum from Age Concern—Waltham Forest

  I understand that you are conducting an inquiry into age discrimination in employment.

  Mr Bain has contacted me regarding his experience. He currently works within the transport section of the London Borough of Waltham Forest but must retire in July 2001 when he reaches 65. He is able and fit and wishes to continue working, not least because he needs to continue earning to support his standard of living. He feels very strongly that he should not have to retire against his will simply on the basis of age.

  The London Borough of Waltham Forest does indeed operate a discriminatory policy with regard to employment over the age of 65 and imposes this policy also onto organisations (voluntary and commercial) with which it contracts. We have raised this issue with the Social Services Department in the past, to no avail.

  We have heard from many older people living in the Borough of Waltham Forest who have had to retire because of their age, but who wish, or who need, to continue to work. Indeed, we are holding a seminar later this year on this and other older people's employment issues.

  Age Concern Waltham Forest has a policy, which allows people over the age of 65 to continue to work if they so wish, and for new staff over the age of 65 to be employed by the organisation. We have found older people good employees. We see no reason for compulsory retirement at the age of 65 or for age discrimination in recruitment.

Age Concern Waltham Forest

January 2001

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