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Age as an Equality Issue by Sandra Fredman, Sarah Spencer

By Sandra Fredman, Sarah Spencer

To what volume is age unavoidably associated with declining means? What are the ambitions of a coverage on age equality, and the way can those be learned in legislation? How may still legislations and coverage handle age discrimination in overall healthiness, schooling and employment? may still children be handled within the similar means as older humans? This ebook solutions those questions in a sequence of chapters by way of specialists from a variety of disciplines. It examines the character of the getting older strategy and gives an in depth research of the concept that of age equality.

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Only ‘likes’ qualify for equal treatment; there is no requirement that people be treated appropriately according to their difference Equality as consistency is also limited by the fact that it is merely a relative principle. It requires only that two similarly situated individuals be treated alike. There is no substantive underpinning. This means that there is no difference in principle between treating two such people equally badly, and treating them equally well. For example, flexible retirement could be make a useful contribution to extending the working life of older people.

Nevertheless, for ease of description, the issues are described under discrete headings. Before turning to these issues, it is clear that any description must make some prior decision as to which age bands are being addressed. Although age discrimination is not inevitably concerned only with discrimination against older 3 For training, the age range is 15–65. 24 Sandra Fredman people, in fact most analyses and policy formulae are concerned with older rather than younger people. The category of ‘older’ people itself is defined in a variety of ways.

20 Many older people live in poor accommodation. As many as 10 per cent of all households where one or both members are over 60 live in homes which require essential modernisation; and this in turn signifies poor insulation and high heating bills. 3. Pensioners’ incomes series 1997/8, DSS Analytical Services Division, 2000, s 2. 1. 20 Family spending: a report on the 1998–99 Family Expenditure Survey, National Statistics, (c) Crown Copyright, 1999. 21 English House Condition Survey, 1996. htm).

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