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DRIVE TO CHALLENGE AGEISM 'UNLIKELY TO PROVE EFFECTIVE'

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The government has launched a media campaign to 'challenge age prejudice' at work, but lawyers warned that it is un...
The government has launched a media campaign to 'challenge age prejudice' at work, but lawyers warned that it is unlikely to have much effect in the absence of any statutory controls, lawyers warned.

The Financial Times (p4) reports that age discrimination costs the economy£26bn a year, according to estimates from the Employers Forum on Age. But the evidence suggests that far fewer older workers are being employed. Last year only two-thirds of men aged 50 to 64 were in work, compared with 84% in 1979.

But critics claim the government's voluntary code of practice, introduced last June, is unlikely to have a significant impact on age discrimination.
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