A lot of  people have been telling us that they experience or see ageism and age discrimination in different situations; from the media, to the job market, to local services and everyday life. For example at the Greater London Forum for Older People’s question time late last year, one thing which participants called for was …
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Age UK London will soon be launching a new campaign called “Tell Me!” to improve local information for older people and we will keep you posted as we go along. You can help us develop the evidence for the campaign by answering a few questions about your experience of getting information locally, through this online …
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Apart from the well-known issue about the behaviour of some bus drivers,  people have sometimes told us about problems boarding the bus or waiting for the bus. This could either be because the bus didn’t pull right up to the bus stop, or sometimes because of the design or construction of the bus stop itself. …
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On 2 October Transport for London are holding  a free public exhibition and conference about disabled and older people’s access to transport, and you are invited! More information and how to register follows below. I’ve been invited to be in a panel debate about the future of door to door transport in London.  It would …
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“Hate crime” means committing crimes (often violence or abuse, though it could be any crime) against people because of their personal characteristics. In the national legal definition this specifically mentions “actual or perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, disability and transgender identity” – in other words neither age nor gender are included in the official definition. The …
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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has a duty to write guidance on how to interpret the Equality Act ban on age discrimination in services, public functions and associations. This covers many public and private services. The guide is intended to help businesses, public authorities, courts and others interpret the law. The EHRC are …
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You might have been following the debate on improving human rights protection for older people in care homes, as part of the Health and Social Care Bill which is currently going through Parliament. Hard though it is to believe, older people in care homes who have to pay for their own care are currently not protected …
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A public consultation on the Mayor’s Draft London Housing Strategy closes on 17th February 2014. Age UK London will be responding and it would be great to hear from you if you have views and experiences which you would like to feed in. What the Mayor’s team have put in the draft does show awareness of older people …
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Human Rights in This Country

January 17th, 2014 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Campaigns - (0 Comments)

Human Rights are applicable to everyone living in this country – aren’t they? If your answer is ‘yes, of course’, how wrong you are. There is one section of the population who are not covered by the legislation and yes – you have guessed it – the vulnerable. Older people who pay for their residential …
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NHS England has published a “Call to Action” arguing that major changes are needed to London’s health services: http://www.england.nhs.uk/london/london-2/ldn-call-to-action/ The arguments that major changes are needed include that there is a funding gap because of increased needs for services (for example, because of an ageing population) and changes in technology. Many hospitals, GP surgeries and other …
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