01 July 2008
Older people 'facing employment discrimination'
Older people in the UK are facing discrimination in the employment market, it has been suggested.
According to a survey of MPs conducted by The Age and Employment Network (TAEN) and Help the Aged, 60 per cent of respondents reported that their constituents have raised issues with them relating to both direct and indirect age discrimination.
In addition, 39 per cent of MPs stated that they were aware of considerable barriers facing older people, including forced retirement and lack of access to training.
Commenting on the findings, Chris Ball, chief executive of TAEN, said: "This survey of MPs suggests that older workers' needs are not being addressed and their potential contribution to the local economy is not properly understood or valued."
Established in 1998, TAEN aims to promote an employment market that serves the needs of individuals in their mid and later life, as well as employers and the economy.