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Retirement: Scotland

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Ann McKechin Ann McKechin Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of additional workers in Scotland aged 65 years who are likely to remain in the workforce for the additional year in 2011 following the abolition of the default retirement age.

Photo of Edward Davey Edward Davey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

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Our impact assessment estimates that around 6,000 additional workers are likely to remain in the work force across the UK in the first year. No separate estimate has been made for Scotland. We do not have data that can estimate robustly the proportion likely to remain in the work force relative to the rest of the UK.

The full impact assessment was published on 13 January and is available at:

http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/employment-matters/docs/p/11-634-phasing-out-default-retirement-age-impact-assessment.pdf

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