Creating a fairer Britain
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Year published: 2011
Length: 40 pages
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Producer/ Publisher: Age UK
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Generic (cross-sector) | Human Rights Act | Equality Act 2010 | GB wide| Case studies | External service guidance
Audience: Service management | Front-line service personnel | Policy managers and directors
Topics: Human rights | equality | Commissioning or procurement | Involvement and participation | dignity | autonomy | home care | ethnicity | disability | age | voluntary / third sector | private sector | gender | sexual orientation / LGBT | sexuality / intimacy | mental capacity | manual handing | residential care | personal relationships | abuse | independent living
This document focuses on equal access to services, freedom from discrimination, and human rights, for older people from minority or marginalised communities. It identifies seven themes of particular relevance:
The document places this in its legal context, summarising key provisions of the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998. The core of the document is a description of 15 examples of projects provided by Age UK and the organisation’s partners that have been successful in promoting equality and human rights. Contact details for further information are provided for each project. The document is intended to provide ideas for reaching, engaging and supporting older people who are marginalised or excluded. It is aimed at professionals who influence, design, commission and/or deliver services for older people.
This document is part of Age UK’s expert series for people influencing, designing, commissioning and delivering services for later life. It starts by outlining important beliefs on which Age UK’s work is grounded. The organisation believes in a society in which people in later life from all sectors of the community have equal access to services, are free from discrimination, and have their human rights promoted and protected.
Age UK identifies seven themes it considers of particular relevance:
In each case the document explains reasons why people may experience difficulties – derived from certain aspects of their identity – in accessing services.
The document summarises key aspects of the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998. It lists the 'protected characteristics' of the Equality Act and explains the core content of the public sector equality duty, noting that it requires public bodies to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations across all aspects of equality protected by the Act.
The document briefly notes the importance of the HRA – emphasising in particular that rights in the Act are 'not only about matters of life and death, but are also relevant to everyday life issues and situations'. The rights are based on core principles of:
The projects outlined in the document were selected to demonstrate 'a range of approaches, themes and environments'. They are:
For each project the document explains its implementation and lists the benefits and outcomes. These are varied and include:
Contact details for further information are also provided for each project.
Projects that take into account principles of equality and non-discrimination can, and have, overcome some of the difficulties faced by older people in accessing services.
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