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Lone Parents: Equality

Question for Women and Equalities

UIN 131159, tabled on 28 February 2022

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to make single parents the tenth protected characteristic to the Equality Act 2010.

Answered on

3 March 2022

We are clear that the Equality Act 2010, which provides protection against direct and indirect discrimination across a range of fields, including employment, service provision and housing, already offers some protection for single parents.

Given that significantly more women than men, and disproportionately more members of particular ethnic groups, have single parent responsibilities, employers in particular must ensure that their rules and practices which may affect single parents do not indirectly discriminate on grounds of sex or race. We continue to keep the effectiveness of the Act under review.

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Women and Equalities