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 Guardian is highlighting the 15 minute care visits from care workers and the difficulties they have. Many care workers are feeling the stress and disillusionment in not being able to give the proper care that people need and deserve – having to choose between providing the best quality care that can be given or getting …
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The Mayor of London is consulting on proposals to make sure that buildings, streets and neighbourhoods in London are designed accessibly: taking account of the needs of disabled people and older people.  The subjects covered include: Lifetime Homes: making sure that all houses built in London are suitable for the needs of  older people – …
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The London Assembly’s Health Committee are looking at  access to GP services across London. They seem to have the idea that younger people experience particular problems accessing GPs. Perhaps they do, but we’re curious to know what older people’s experience is. For example how easy do you find it to get an appointment? How are …
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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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Positive Ageing in London, the London regional forum on ageing, http://pailondon.org.uk/ is researching the impact on older people  of the ongoing changes in welfare benefits. The introduction of Universal Credit instead of a range of existing benefits, the replacement of Disability Living Allowance with Personal Independence Payments, the so-called “under occupancy charge” for people “under-occupying” …
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Are you fed up with having to fill out a form every time you attend hospital or are an in-patient?  Well you are going to have to get used to it as it is going to get worse! I am sure everyone is aware of the Family & Friends form which the hospitals are asking …
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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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