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Retirement at 70

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25 January 2012

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From the Revd Neil Patterson

Sir, — It has been interesting to watch the “countdown” of surviving pre-1975 incumbents (Out of the Question, 20 January). It seems that no one has yet considered challen­ging compulsory retirement at 70 under the Equality Act 2010 as age discrimination against clergy office-holders. (The Act permits dismissal of employees on retirement, which would be the point in dispute.)

As an incumbent aged 32, I have little expectation of retiring at 70, but shall, none the less, watch the situation with interest.

NEIL PATTERSON
The Rectory, Weston under Penyard
Ross-on-Wye HR9 7QA

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