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By Sandra Fredman, Sarah Spencer

To what volume is age necessarily associated with declining capability? What are the targets of a coverage on age equality, and the way can those be discovered in legislation? How may still legislation and coverage deal with age discrimination in health and wellbeing, schooling and employment? may still children be handled within the related manner as older humans? This booklet solutions those questions in a chain of chapters through specialists from a variety of disciplines. It examines the character of the getting older method and gives an in depth research of the concept that of age equality.

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Hence a non-statutory code of practice on age diversity in employment was launched in June 1999. Outside of the employment field, there have been a range of highly significant policy documents setting out policy and strategies for eliminating age discrimination. Thus the NHS plan has a whole chapter devoted to older people, and the National Service Framework for Older People sets out more concrete strategies. 51 The impetus to bring in legally binding measures on age discrimination has come from Europe.

8 million people. It is now the exception rather than the rule to remain in employment all the way to pension age. Crucially too, the vast majority of non-working people over 50 have left the labour market permanently, in that they are no longer looking for and available for work. Six out of seven non-working men aged 50–65 were classified as economically inactive rather than unemployed in 2000. These effects are not felt uniformly across the workforce. The effects on men have been most dramatic: men’s participation in paid work at age 64 has plummeted from 57 per cent in 1979 to 37 per cent in 2000.

Legislative provisions on age discrimination are in place in various countries including Israel, Finland, Australia and New Zealand. The South African Constitution and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms include age as a ground of discrimination. 3 This brief description suggests that the impetus to introduce age discrimination legislation is fuelled by largely utilitarian considerations. It is crucial, however, that such considerations do not obscure the concerns with individual justice and social equity which should underpin the move to eliminate age discrimination.

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