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Ban on age discrimination against adults in services provision and public functions starts - Turn2us

Age UK website (link opens in a new window)The Equality Act 2010 includes provisions enabling a ban on age discrimination against adults in the provision of services and public functions. 

From today, it will be unlawful to discriminate on the basis of age unless the practice is covered by an exception from the ban, if it is designed to address disadvantage experienced by a particular age group or good reason can be shown for the differential treatment. It covers people aged 18 or over, in both the private and public sectors, and is applicable in England and Wales.

Age UK's view

Age UK believes that the ban offers a major opportunity to improve the lives of older people, especially in the context of health and social care, where there is compelling evidence of the harmful effects of age discrimination - ranging from arbitrary age limits on access to certain public health programmes to examples of ageist attitudes influencing the decision-making of doctors.

Now for the first time older people will have a legal basis on which to challenge these practices.

However, one area in which the ban will not be able to bring about much needed change, they believe, is financial services. Despite concerted lobbying on the part of Age UK and others, the Government does not believe there is sufficient evidence of harmful age discrimination to apply the ban in this area.

Age UK will continue to campaign to overturn this decision and, to coincide with the introduction of the ban, they have released research which demonstrates that older people still face age discrimination with regard to motor and travel insurance.

Sources: Age UK (link opens in a new window PDF file size 46.98kb) and the Home Office (link opens in a new window)

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