Over 50s fear age discrimination

Many over 50s in the UK fear they may be on the receiving end of age discrimination in the near future, new research has found.

A poll by the Equality and Human Rights Commission found that two-thirds of baby boomers believe they will be charged over the odds for an insurance premium, while over one in four expect to get a bad deal from their bank.

Meanwhile, three-quarters said they believe they will face discrimination in employment over the next few years, and more than half think they will get inferior healthcare in later life.

Trevor Phillips, chairman of the commission, said the findings highlight why the provisions of the Equality Bill are an important step forward to protect this group of people.

"They offer a vital guarantee that we have the people with the abilities and the aspirations to compete in the future," he commented.

However, the Building Societies Association recently warned that the proposed law could limit over-50s' finance options, as banks would no longer be allowed to offer accounts designed specifically for older people.

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