Maria Miller MP, Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee
This guest blog was contributed by Maria Miller MP, Chair of Women and Equalities Committee.
Older people make up a crucial part of the UK’s workforce- last year nearly 10 million workers were aged over 50- yet the very real challenges facing them in the workplace rarely make the headlines.
That’s why the House of Commons Women and Equalities committee which I chair is relaunching the older people and employment Inquiry which started just before the General Election. We’re keen to hear from individuals, groups and charities about the challenges that face older people when they’re at work and the obstacles to getting back into work. Continue reading
Posted in Equality and Human Rights, Government, Public Policy
Tagged Age UK, Age UK blog, Ageing, ageing population, ageing society, Maria Miller MP, older people, older people and employment Inquiry, Women and Equalities Committee
The Department for Transport (DfT) has just released its much anticipated Accessibility Action Plan (AAP), now open to public consultation. The Plan covers bus, trains, airports, taxis and driving, as well as scooters, cycling and walking, and is partly a response to a House of Lord select committee report on the Equality Act 2010. This found many types of transport fail to meet the basic needs of disabled people despite pre-existing regulations and guidance. Continue reading
Posted in Communities and inclusion, Government, Public Policy, Transport
Tagged Accessibility Action Plan, Accessibility Action Plan consultation, Age UK, Age UK blog, Ageing, ageing society, Campaign for Better Transport, older people, transport older people
Photo: Ell Brown (Creative Commons)
The future funding of supported housing was one of the key issues affecting older people that was put on hold during the General Election. The Government proposes to cap housing benefit (Local Housing Allowance) for sheltered and other types of supported accommodation – which could potentially harm vulnerable older people with a loss of services and the eventual closure of some schemes. Continue reading
Posted in Government, Housing, Public Policy
Tagged affordable housing older people, Age UK, Age UK blog, Ageing, ageing population, ageing society, funding of supported housing, housing benefit cap older people, older people, sheltered housing, sheltered housing Age UK, Supported and sheltered housing