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HM Land Registry v Benson & Ors - setting budget limit when selecting for staff reduction exercise was part of legitimate aim of reducing head-count

If a redundancy selection exercise involves criteria making it indirectly age discriminatory, then it must be justified by the employer. If the employer demonstrates that its approach, including any budgetary constraints set, was the only practicable way of achieving its legitimate aim, then that method will be "proportionate" - notwithstanding the fact that an impracticable alternative (eg one costing nearly twice as much) does, in an absolute sense, exist.    

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