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Financial Institutions: Recruitment

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 170742, tabled on 17 March 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether financial institutions are permitted to refuse offers of employment to people who have a poor credit history where that poor credit history is as a result of a period of ill health or a newly acquired disability.

Answered on

26 March 2021

Employers should treat all job applicants courteously as well as being fair and objective in their selection of successful candidates.

The Government does not impose requirement on employers as to how they carry out recruitment. However, the law is clear that they must not discriminate unlawfully, for example on grounds of race, sex or disability.

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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy