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Parity action group

Welcome to PARITY

Equal Rights for Men and Women

PARITY was first formed in 1986 as the Campaign for Equal State Pension Ages, a wholly voluntary organisation concerned with the equal rights of men and women.  It gained charitable status in January 2005


The Objects of PARITY are those set out in the current PARITY constitution, namely:

- to promote and protect the equal rights of men and women to the enjoyment of all civil, political, economic social and cultural rights under the law;

- to institute proceedings in the UK or appropriate European Courts for the purpose of establishing or protecting any such equal rights.


Registered charity 1107795

Member of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.
Patrons: Sir Peter Bottomley MP, Mr Mark Brooks


Registered address:  39. Cotton Road, Potters Bar, Herts, EN6 5JT


Some of our successes

Through litigation in the courts applying European Union or European Convention law binding (by statute or treaty) in the UK, PARITY has instigated cases resulting in:


  • equal qualifying ages for men and women - for exemption from NHS prescription charges (1995), for winter fuel payments (2000), and for local bus travel concessions (2003), and
  • equal treatment for widowers and widows in survivors social security benefits and bereavement tax allowances (2001).

PARITY remains engaged with the inequality between men's and women's state pension ages and other inequalities of treatment associated with that inequality.

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