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Women and Equalities Committee
Report published; awaiting Government response.
The Committee is continuing an inquiry from the previous Parliament, taking forward the evidence it received before the General Election.
The country faces acute challenges recruiting and retaining an experienced, skilled workforce in many key public services as well as in the private sector.
It is unacceptable that the nation is wasting the talents of more than one million people aged over 50 who are out of work but would be willing to work if the right opportunity arose.
People in later life are often playing many different roles in society, but those who wish to work should not face the current barriers of discrimination, bias and outdated employment practices.
Discrimination, that was made unlawful more than 10 years ago, is the root cause of this problem.
The Government needs to be clearer that prejudice, unconscious bias and casual ageism in the workplace are all unlawful under the Equality Act 2010.
Evidence given by Alok Sharma MP, Minister of State for Employment, and Duncan Gilchrist, Deputy Director, Fuller Working Lives and State Pensions Policy, Department for Work and Pensions, Andrew Griffiths MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, and Mark Holmes, Deputy Director, Labour Market Directorate, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
There are currently no public meetings scheduled.
Women and Equalities Committee publishes report on older people and employment