Category Archives: Government

Guest blog: Relaunch of older people and employment inquiry

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

Mind the gap: making transport more accessible for older and disabled people

A rural bus

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

What now for sheltered housing?

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

Employment tribunal fees (at last!) ruled ‘out of order’

Older worker

The 26 July 2017 should go down in legal history. It should be remembered as the day the Supreme Court shocked everyone  by ruling that the Government’s regime of fees in the Employment Tribunal (ET) system was, in fact, illegal.

Age UK has long opposed the fees, believing they are unfair and unsustainable – if employers know they can get away with treating workers illegally, then statutory employment rights aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. The laws on age (and other) discrimination that we all fought hard for would be completely undermined. Continue reading