The government has announced that it is to press ahead with plans to scrap the default retirement age from October of this year. The retirement age is currently set at 65 years old but a process starting in April will see this default abolished. The freedom to work longer will benefit not only individuals but the wider UK economy, the government has said. Employment relations minister Edward Davey said: “Retirement should be a matter of choice rather than compulsion – people deserve the freedom to work for as long as they want and are able to do so. “Older workers can play an incredibly important role in the workplace and it is high time we ended this outdated form of age discrimination.” Davey said support was being put in place to support businesses in making the change, although he added around two-thirds of firms already operated without a default retirement age for their staff.