A YORK MP has called for discounted prices for older members of sports clubs to be protected.

Hugh Bayley, who represents York Central, has written to the Minister for Women and Equalities, Theresa May, urging her to ensure a loophole in legislation does not lead to pensioners being discriminated against.

Parts of the Equality Act which related to age-related discounts have been postponed until 2012, and Mr Bayley said he feared unless the laws were amended, clubs would be unable to provide such concessions and older people could miss out on sporting activities.

He said: “Exercise is extremely important for the health and wellbeing of older people, many of whom are retired and have less disposable income.

“If the Equality Act prohibits older members of sports clubs from being offered reduced subscription rates, there is a danger older people will not be able to afford to exercise. This will have a bad impact on their health.”