Single People: Discrimination:Written question - 172406

Asked by Dr David Drew

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Asked on: 10 September 2018
Women and Equalities
Single People: Discrimination
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps she has taken to ensure that single people are not discriminated against in relation to those who are married or in civil partnerships.
Answered by: Victoria Atkins
Answered on: 28 September 2018

Although being single is not a protected characteristic (unlike, for example, race or sex) in the Equality Act 2010, single people can particularly benefit from other protec-tions in that legislation - for example, provisions which allow shops and attractions to charge older or younger people less than working-age adults. These concessions, for example cheaper haircuts for pensioners or discounted entry to events and museums for students and pensioners, are likely to be of particular benefit to single people, who are strongly represented in these groups.

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