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Jobcentres (Older Applicants)

Volume 82: debated on Tuesday 2 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will consult the chairman of the Manpower Services Commission with a view to his instructing jobcentre staffs that they are not to discourage applicants on the ground that they are too old at 45 or 50 years for consideration.

Jobcentre staff are instructed to question the need for apparently unnecessary age limits imposed by employers and to encourage them to consider a wider range of applicants, pointing to the experience and reliability of many older jobseekers. Where, however, employers insist on upper age limits the jobcentre staff will advise older jobseekers not to apply.