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Posted 5 October 2012

Age discrimination

A reminder that new age discrimination laws came into force on the 1 October 2012. Both residential and holiday parks must consider the impact on age restrictions.

The age discrimination laws do not apply to persons under the age of 18, so any park may continue to implement a ‘‘no children’’ policy.Other age restrictions will remain legal on residential parks but only if correctly implemented in your written statements or in the park rules. It will not be necessary to justify the restriction.

However, holiday parks will need to be able to justify any other restriction. A word of caution here – the government says the new laws are specifically aimed at preventing holiday parks from discriminating against young adults on the basis of stereotypical behaviour.

We are advising park owners to review their agreements and policies and are happy to discuss any concerns and possible alternatives to age rules on holiday parks.

We will be writing about this in more detail in the next issue of our Parklaw newsletter.

If this could affect you and you want advice please contact the parks team on 01392 207020 or email

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