The Government has decided to delay a decision on implementation of its proposed ban on age discrimination in the provision of services, which it had envisaged bringing into force in April 2012. Ministers are still considering the scope for and content of any exceptions from the ban, in the light of responses to the consultation in 2011. The Government considers it preferable to take a little more time both to get the decision right and to give businesses and others affected more time to prepare and adjust as necessary. Any ban is unlikely to come into effect before October 2012 and the Government will set out a way forward in due course.
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