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Booth will take annuity case over age limit

The Prime Minister&#39s wife Cherie Booth, QC, is taking the Government to court, challenging the age limit for the compulsory purchase of annuities under the European Convention on Human Rights.

Booth&#39s chambers Matrix chief executive Nick Martin told Money Marketing that Booth has been instructed to act in the case of 74-year-old Preston pensioner and company chairman Joe Singer.

Singer drafted in Booth on the grounds that the Human Rights Act, which incorporated the convention into UK law last October, outlaws prejudice on the grounds of age and that forcing compulsory annuity purchase at 75 is a form of ageism.

Direct marketing company Singer & Partners chairman and managing director Singer says: “Why should a person of 75 be forced to buy an annuity when a person of 74 is not? It is unfair to anyone aged over 74. There is a tremendous amount of support for the case.”

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