Targets set to keep over-50s

Tough targets for the number of over-50s employed by both private and public
sector organisations look set to form part of a major government report.

The Cabinet Office has confirmed it is due to release its study into
"active ageing" this week.

The study, spearheaded by Joy Hutcheon at the performance and innovation
unit, was commissioned by the Prime Minister in response to concerns about the
falling numbers of over-50s in work. It is expected to contain around 70
separate proposals on how to overcome the problems.

In addition to recommending levels of employment, the report is expected to
look into the pressures that push or encourage over-50s out of work. Early
retirement policies and pensions are likely to be covered.

It is expected that government departments will implement a number of the
plans immediately.

The publication of the report coincides with extra responsibilities being
given to Social Security Secretary Alistair Darling.

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