NEWS RELEASE From The Office Of Jean Lambert, London's Green MEP
3rd July 2006
GREEN MEP WELCOMES HEYDAY ACTIONS AGAINST GOVERNMENT
Green MEP Jean Lambert has today (Monday 3rd June 2006) welcomed Heyday’s actions, supported by Age Concern, to tackle the UK Government’s plans for a Mandatory Retirement Age of 65 years.
Heyday has submitted an application to the High Court today seeking a judicial review of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations (2006) which is due to come into force on 1^st October this year.
Jean, who is the Co-President of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Ageing and a member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, expressed her concern over the limits obstructing those that really want to continue working and contributing to society. Jean said; “To those over 50 years of age our society seems to be designed to benefit the youth without any support or need for the knowledge and skills of the more experienced, mature person. If we implement a Mandatory Retirement Age of 65 years people will simply be faced with a ‘dead end’ to their working lives and society will loose out on a wealth of knowledge and expertise only experience can provide.
“Without a higher state pension available, and a Mandatory Retirement Age in place many people will be left with no option but to live in poverty. We should all be able to choose when to stop working with a flexible retirement age in place and not a legislation denying people the right to work. ”
If Heyday’s case goes ahead the High Court will scrutinise the legality of the regulations, which Heyday believes contravene a European Directive outlawing age discrimination and leaves people over the age of 65 without the right to choose to continue working.
The Government now has 21 days to respond to Heyday’s application to the High Court.