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Government 'could tackle age discrimination by creating new ministerial role'

Government 'could tackle age discrimination by creating new ministerial role'

Age discrimination in the UK may be tackled more effectively if the government created a new ministerial position with the primary focus of dealing with older people's issues.

That is the opinion of Jane Ashcroft, chief executive of charitable organisation Anchor, who believes that prejudice based on how old an individual is remains prevalent among many areas of British society, such as the country's employment sector.

Ms Ashcroft explained that the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance must go further than just abolishing the default retirement age if it is to properly combat this discriminatory issue.

"Age is the only '-ism' that's left, really. We've dealt with other '-isms' but it's still quite acceptable for people to use language about older people that you wouldn't use in any other setting," she noted.

The expert went on to say that the UK is unusual in its attitude towards older members of staff, as in the majority of other nations, the experience of mature workers is more highly valued.

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Posted by Daniel Stevens