Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed measures announced as part of the Government’s new Equality Bill to end age discrimination in the provision of goods and services and to close the pay gap.
David Hanson said:
“Equality is a matter of principle and this legislation really does matter. We need to address the inequalities that persist in our society and recognise that although there has been real progress, there are a number of areas that we need to improve on.
“It is still the case that men who work full time still earn 40% more per hour than women who work part time and although more disabled people are now working than ever before, a disabled person is still 2 and half times more likely to be out of work.
“At the current rate it will take another 80 years before women are paid the same as men. In order to tackle the discrimination there are proposals to bring in a new era of openness in the workplace.
“This will put the spotlight on pay unfairness which we all know goes on but which often stays swept under the carpet.
“It is also legal to tell someone that they are too old to receive anything from healthcare to insurance. With an ageing population – the number of people over 85 set to double in the next 20 years – this is clearly not acceptable.
“This Bill will promote age equality and seek to end discrimination. There will be powers to outlaw age discrimination in the provision of goods and services.”