News round up: Compulsory retirement at 65 may be scrapped

    Compulsory retirement at 65 may be scrapped due to ageing population

    The compulsory retirement age could be scrapped under a review by ministers to let older employees work until later in life.
    A retirement revolution is set to remove the rule that careers must end at 65 and bring in a ‘flexible’ system to delay the end of careers.

    Read more on this story in The Daily Mail

    Up to 90% of sickness claimants are fit for work

    Huge doubts have been cast over the millions claiming sickness benefit after it emerged that up to nine in ten applicants for the handout are now being turned down.
    Tough rules being trialled across the country mean that 65 per cent of new claimants are being told they are fit to work. In some areas the figure is 90 per cent.
    Read more on this story in The Daily Mail

    Offer free places or lose charity status, private schools told

    Private schools in England and Wales are being ordered today to offer a “significant” number of free places to pupils who cannot afford their fees – or face being stripped of their charitable status.

    Four charities, two private schools and two care homes will learn today that they have failed a “public benefit” test to justify their charitable status, after the first 12 inspections by the Charity Commission under a law to weed out rogue charities
    Read more on this story in The Guardian

    Blue-collar workers bear the brunt of recession

    Unemployment rate for skilled and unskilled blue-collar workers has risen three times faster than for managers.

    Read more on this story in The Guardian

     

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