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Age Diversity

Volume 403: debated on Monday 7 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department completed its diagnostic review for compliance with the Government's Code of Practice for Age Diversity in Employment; and what changes his Department plans to make following the review. [99419]

The Department is committed to ensuring that there is no unfair discrimination on basis of age within its policies and their implementation.The Department took steps to embed the provision of Government's Code of Practice on Age Diversity in Employment when age was integrated into our equal opportunity policies in accordance with the Performance and Innovation Unit's (PIU's) report "Winning the Generation Game".The former Department for Social Security and Department for Education and Employment were lead partners associated in developing the report. They considered all recommendations of the PIU's report and implemented new policies where necessary, e.g. to allow staff to stay on up to the age of 65, (which was implemented before the report was issued).The Department has now implemented the recommendations of PIU's report.