Category: AGE DIVERSITY

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AGE DIVERSITY EXERCISES FOR TEAMS

With the introduction of Age Discrimination legislation (UK October 2006, and consistent with European law), there is an increased need to raise awareness and to train people about ageism and age discrimination. Here are some ideas for activities and exercises which will highlight the issues. Organise teams and discussions according to your situation. Here are four separate ideas which can be used for exercises and team games. 1. Under age discrimination legislation many customary expressions in written and spoken communications are potentially unlawful if they refer to a person’s age (any age – not only older people) in a negative...

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DIVERSITY DEFICIT ROBS TOP FIRMS OF BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES, STUDY SHOWS

According to Green Park study, among the 289 executive roles just 10 were held by people from ethnic minorities. Britain’s biggest companies have been warnedthat they are missing out on business opportunities because of the “diversity deficit” at the top of their organisations, where only a handful of senior roles are held by women or ethnic minorities. A new analysis into the 100 top individuals at each of the 100 largest UK companies found that only three of the chairmen (there is only one woman chair in the FTSE 100) were not white, all but five chief executives were white and...

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MICHAEL GOVE’S CIVIL SERVICE CUTS ‘TO HIT NON-WHITE, DISABLED AND OLDER WORKERS’

Radical plans by Michael Gove to cut the Department for Education in half will result in a disproportionate number of redundancies among minority ethnic, disabled and older staff, leaked documents show. An internal review of 3,781 departmental staff – which has been handed to the Guardian – shows that one in eight workers define themselves as black or from an ethnic minority. But more than one in three workers described as putting in an unsatisfactory performance are non-white and likely to be sacked. Nearly 15% of staff identified by managers as underperforming have a disability, while only 6% of all...

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NHS ACCUSED OF AGE DISCRIMINATION IN PATIENT SURGERY

Age ‘cut-offs’ in cancer, hernia repairs and joint replacements, Decisions should be based on general health, study says Older people are being denied vital surgery for cancer, hernia repairs and joint replacements because the NHS imposes “cutoffs” for treatment based on age discrimination, a report has warned. Health professionals can be too quick to decide against offering surgery because of “outdated assumptions of age and fitness”, according to the study by the Royal College of Surgeons, the charity Age UK and communications consultancy MHP Health Mandate. Doctors and surgeons should stop using chronological age to assess suitability for a procedure and...

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BBC LOSE AGE DISCRIMINATION CASE

In a landmark ruling, a tribunal declared that senior BBC executives were obsessed with ‘ethnic diversity’, ‘rejuvenation’ and attracting younger viewers when they decided to axe the Countryfile presenter at the age of 51. Miss O’Reilly, now 53, had been told to be ‘careful about those wrinkles’ before she and three other women were replaced by younger staff. She said standing up to the BBC had been ‘the right thing to do, however hurtful, however stressful it has been’. She added: ‘I never wanted to leave my job … there are still years in me yet!’ Miss O’Reilly will now...

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SOCIETY DOESN’T VALUE OLDER PEOPLE

Brian Cox, the Hollywood star, has criticised the way British society treats elderly people, claiming they are marginalised and their experience undervalued. The 63-year-old Scottish actor said youth is celebrated disproportionately and insufficient recognition given to the the value of older people. He said there was not enough financial support given to the elderly, many of whom lived in difficult conditions. He added that conditions affecting older people, such as dementia, were not taken seriously enough. The Dundee-born actor has agreed to appear alongside Sir Ian McKellan in a television campaign for Age UK, the new organisation that has replaced...

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EQUALITY BILL TAKES AIM AT ‘INSTITUTIONAL AGEISM’ IN NHS

Ageism within the NHS and social care is set to be made illegal after a review of the treatment of older people found discrimination was “rooted” in the attitudes of staff and organisations. The health secretary, Andy Burnham, said the services would be bound by the equality bill currently being debated in parliament from 2012,earlier than had been expected. The announcement came as Sir Ian Carruthers, the chief executive of NHS South West, and Bristol council chief executive Jan Ormondroyd unveiled the findings of their investigation into the barriers facing the elderly, which was launched amid a spate of ageism...

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THREE CHEERS FOR NEW EQUALITY BILL

Three cheers for a Bill of rights for the old, gay, disabled, female and taken-for-granted… We have seen times and the law change attitudes. The new Equality Bill is the next step Some people just don’t get it, do they? They fulminate against a new and elaborate government Bill, almost as a knee-jerk reaction. They rage against proposals that, in the calm light of day, taken one by one, they would endorse. They use short-sighted criticism as a means to offload all the bile swilling around the other issues of government – fiscal and monetary, business and investment. Yes, there...