Tackling workplace discrimination against older employees and
helping older people return to work are priorities in government
strategy for people aged over 50, the new pensions minister Ian
McCartney said last week.
He told the Employers Forum on Age that too many employers still
make judgements on age, not ability to do the job.
“Employers should lead the way in showing they value the skills
and experience older people bring to the work place,” he said,
adding that the government was reviewing its approach to older
workers, and would introduce legislation by 2006 to tackle
workplace age discrimination.
He also said the government would find ways to ensure older
people could draw on their occupational pension while continuing to
work part time.
Mervyn Kohler, head of public affairs at charity Help the Aged,
broadly welcomed the plans, but said he was disappointed
legislation would not be introduced sooner.
“There is a huge amount to be done, and we have to move to a
legislative framework to do it,” he said.
McCartney replaced Jeff Rooker as minister for pensions
following the general election. He will be based at the new
Department for Work and Pensions.