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Equality Bill 'will mean fairer Britain'

The Equality Bill – which in 2010 will replace nine pieces of legislation and around 100 other measures by a single Act – has been launched amid claims that it will help to narrow the gap between rich and poor, outlaw age discrimination and "significantly strengthen Britain's anti-discrimination legislation".

The government admitted that despite being in power for 12 years, inequality and discrimination still exist, most notably women are paid on average 23 per cent less per hour than men, disabled people are twice as likely to be out of work, people from ethnic minority backgrounds are nearly 20 per cent less likely to find work and 20 per cent of older people are refused quotes for motor or travel insurance, or car hire.

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April 30, 2009

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