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This blog post was contributed by Barbara Limon, Interim Head of Public Policy at the British Academy.
Barely a day goes by without a news story about the robots taking over or discussion around the influence firms like Facebook and Google now wield. We have reached a critical moment in the development of data science and data-enabled technologies. Continue reading
Posted in General, Public Policy
Tagged Age UK, Ageing, ageing population, ageing society, Big data, British Academy, data enabled technology, Data management, data science, older people
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
This blog was contributed by Olivia Small, Knowledge Management Officer at Age UK.
Hurricane Harvey created utter devastation, loss of life, and mass flooding in Texas. Many distressing images emerged of individuals fleeing their homes, and entire neighbourhoods under water. Perhaps most shocking was the image captured of care home residents trapped in water up to their waists. Not long after, Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean and caused unprecedented destruction including the death of six people at a nursing home in Florida. This should serve as a wakeup call to us in the UK, to ensure that the needs of our ageing population are fully reflected in our emergency planning. Continue reading
Posted in Communities and inclusion, General
Tagged advice on flooding, Age UK, Age UK blog, Ageing, ageing population, ageing society, climate change, Floods, floods older people, How to prepare for flooding, older people
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