Retirement age scrappage plans: Your comments

The government has announced plans to scrap the retirement age of 65.

Ministers are hoping to make the change from next October, and say it will end age discrimination.

BBC News website readers have been sending in their thoughts:

Do you want to work after 65?

John Lemon, 63, Aberdeen

John Lemon "I do not believe there should be a retirement age"

I want to work, if health allows, until I'm 70 as I have worked or studied since the age of 16. If I'm capable then I should be allowed to work.

I am a student liaison officer (SLO) at the University of Aberdeen. I have worked for the department for 32 years in various roles but was appointed as the SLO about three years ago.

This was a new role and it was up to me to develop it. I now feel that it is being accepted and the importance of the job is being seen at all levels from students to staff.

I do not believe there should be a retirement age as we are living longer and can provide a level of maturity that benefits any organisation.

Terry Revell, 66, Winchester, Hampshire

Terry Revell Terry Revell says he will never be ready to retire

This is great news as far as I am concerned.

I am a company archivist, and am heavily involved in charity work for Naomi House Childrens' Hospice in Sutton Scotney, just outside Winchester.

I'm also the (unpaid) general manager for our local village hall - so you see I will never be ready to retire, or at least I will never be short of things to occupy my time.

I have already agreed with my company to work an extra two years, as I have an endowment mortgage, which is still shrinking.

Hopefully I can now continue to work after turning 67 until the mortgage is cleared, possibly another year or two.

I am young at heart and young in body.

Other comments

If the older generation is forced to work after 65 what enjoyment of life will they have? How will the younger generation have jobs? I thought this government wanted people off benefits and into work? John Duddy, Yarmouth, Norfolk

I am 65 and this is the best news yet. I have no impediments, look 10 years younger and can still contribute to the workplace. However my age closes the door when I apply for a job. Removing this 65 rule will allow people to be judged on their ability not their age. Possibly with this removed, ageism will eventually disappear, because it certainly still exists today. Peter Ball, Uttoxeter

I have worked for my firm for 40 years and I know I do a good job but I am being forced to retire in November this year, when I will be 65. I do not want to go, but I have no option. If only this new law could come in with immediate effect. I work full-time as a secretary and in the last five years have had no more than two sick days. What my firm is doing is so unfair. Maxine Sturmer, Tunbridge Wells

I was told that I couldn't work beyond 65. I worked as a bus driver at a satellite station in Cornwall and was physically fit and active. I haven't been able to find work since. I felt it was unfair. John Watts, Broadstairs, Kent

As an employer I'm against this plan. The proposed legislation will not allow me to bring a new, younger and more dynamic employees into my clothes shop. I currently have staff who will be reaching 65 over the next few years. This could have an effect on my trade because of the diminished enthusiasm levels older employees sometimes show. People do get slower and more jaded as they get older. I know, I am 68. I don't think the government has thought about how this will effect smaller businesses who can't move people around into different roles, and still bring in new blood to the company. Diane, Newport

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