Age Equality Law Reform Proposals
The Commission has produced a report setting out its recommendations that individuals have increased protection against discrimination on the grounds of age by those providing goods, facilities, services, exercising public functions or by private clubs. The changes being proposed will ensure that NI equality law keeps pace with changes with the law in GB.
April 2012 - Strengthening Protection for all Ages - Proposals for Reform:
We produced a briefing for MLAs to inform the Assembly debate on the issue on 11 March 2013.
Full Report (PDF), (WORD)
Summary (PDF), (WORD)
We are keen to hear from you if you are an older person and believe that you have been treated unfairly because of your age when accessing goods and services.
The Northern Ireland Executive is considering introducing new legislation that will give greater protection for older people against discrimination when accessing goods and services.
Your experiences will help illustrate the impact that this proposed new legislation will have on the lives of older people in Northern Ireland.
For more information and examples of age discrimination click here.
If you would like to discuss your experiences of age discrimination in confidence, please contact:
Telephone: 028 90 890 851
Telephone: 028 90 500 551
Roundtable - Strengthening protection for children and young people: Ending age discrimination outside the workplace
The Equality Commission for NI and the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) held a roundtable in Equality House, Belfast on Tuesday 13 November 2012. Providing the opportunity to discuss the inclusion of children and young people in proposed equality legislation prohibiting age discrimination outside the workplace.
If you would like to find out more about our proposals for inclusion of children and young people click here.
Age Seminar – Strengthening Protection for all Ages in Health and Social Care
The Commission held a seminar in the Stormont Hotel, Belfast on 25 September 2012, providing a platform for the age sector and other key stakeholders to discuss the need for the forthcoming age discrimination legislation. It explored the Commission´s recommendations for age health and social care provisions and potential developments at a European and GB level. The event concluded with a panel discussion which dealt with delegates´ burning issues on the subject. The seminar was well received by the 102 delegates who attended from the age, public, legal, health, trade union and voluntary and community sectors.
Speaking at the seminar were OFMdFM Junior Ministers Jonathan Bell MLA and Jennifer McCann MLA, Roisin Mallon, Senior Policy Officer, Equality Commission for NI (presentation), Robin Allen QC, Head of Cloisters Barristers´ Chambers (presentation, full notes), and Helen Bowers, Head of Policy and Research, National Development Team for Inclusion (presentation, notes, toolkit).
To demonstrate the impact the changes proposed could have, Ann Gamble shared her experience on the level of care provided to the elderly in nursing homes (presentation). A group of young people made a video highlighting the barriers they, and a parent, have faced when accessing health and social care.
Also taking part in the panel discussion were Patricia Carey, OFMdFM; Duane Farrell, Age NI and Michael Swann, DHSSPS.
Audio from Seminar Part 1 - MP3 (50mb)
Audio from Seminar Part 2 - MP3 (40mb)
Roundtable discussion on age
The Commission held a roundtable discussion on 3 May 2012 with stakeholders from the age sector. These included representatives from Age NI, Age Sector Platform, Commissioner for Older People NI and NI Commissioner for Children and Young People.
Equality Commission responses to Northern Ireland age equality law consultations are available online
To receive a hard copy of the reports listed on this web page, or if you would like to find out how you can get involved, please contact Naomi Roberts 028 90 500645 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Older people’s experiences of age discrimination when accessing goods and services