Over 50s 'will welcome equalities bill'

Over 50s who regularly face age discrimination are likely to welcome the government's new Equalities Bill, according to a charity group.

Age Concern and Help the Aged stated that many older people are discriminated against because of their age on a daily basis.

Therefore, it believes the government's efforts to crack down on the problem is a positive development.

However, Age Concern and Help the Aged has called on it to go further and offer greater safeguards to older people.

"The Equality Bill offers a huge opportunity to bring an end to unacceptable ageist practices," said charity director Michelle Mitchell.

"But until the promise of new rights is irreversible, we will continue our campaign for fair treatment."

She added that the charity wants to see a binding legal commitment to introduce new rights for older people, both in the public and private sectors.

Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman recently described discrimination against older people as the "last legal discrimination" in the UK.

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