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Older-age equality; LETTERS.

SIR - The Equality Bill working its way through Parliament is a significant win for older people who have been waiting for years to gain the same protections from discrimination as other groups.

However, the Bill is still not everything we have been hoping for. Key regulations for protecting older people in heath and social care and in the financial sector will not be part of the Bill in this Parliament. There is also no word yet from the Government on whether they have plans to scrap the unfair and widely unpopular national default retirement age of 65.

I urge your readers to contact their MPs and their MPs' political parties to get them to support the Equality Bill and clearly pledge to introduce an unbreakable legal commitment of strong regulations and to discard forced retirement.

Readers can support the Just Equal Treatment campaign led by Age Concern and Help the Aged by calling 0207 239 1982 or going to www.helptheaged.org.uk/justequaltreatment This is a critical issue for older people and if we don't hear the right noises soon, we will vote with our feet in the next election. I do not see that I should be sacked with no other reason than my age. ADRIAN MITCHELL Coychurch, Bridgend
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 24, 2009
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