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Age discrimination: have your say

  • Published: Tuesday, 8 March 2011

It will soon become unlawful to discriminate against someone because of their age when providing goods and services, when the Equality Act 2010 takes effect. However, a number of exceptions to the Act have been proposed. Read the proposals in full and have your say.

Proposed exceptions to the Equality Act 2010

Make your views known: respond to the consultation

The Equality Act was signed into law in 2010 and is due to take effect in 2012. Before that happens the government has to decide what kind of organisations will still be allowed to treat people differently because of their age.

In summary the proposed exceptions are:

  • age-based concessions such as free or reduced cost travel rights for older or younger people
  • group holidays organised around age, such Saga and Club 18-30 holidays
  • immigration: age is a factor taken into account in allocating visas
  • sport: age-restricted competitions,  such as championships for the under-21s
  • residential park homes: admission rules
  • financial services and insurance products, but only when age is an important factor

If you would like to comment on the consultation, visit the Government Equalities Office website. The consultation runs until 25 May 2011.

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