Modernising equality legislation

Following decades of piecemeal development, governments are increasingly seeking to address the common problem of fragmented, uneven and incoherent equality legislation.

A dictionary definition of the word discriminate; a Single Equality Bill would provide clarity, consistency and equal protection regardless of the grounds concerned.
A dictionary definition of the word discrimination; a Single Equality Bill would provide clarity, consistency and equal protection regardless of the grounds concerned.

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Ready for Ageing? How are policy makers approaching the challenges of an ageing population?

The extension of healthy life expectancy is a key aim of the Active Ageing Strategy 2016-2021.
The extension of healthy life expectancy is a key aim of the Active Ageing Strategy 2016-2021.

Population ageing has been identified as a major societal challenge common to most European countries, particularly in terms of health and social care provision. In view of this, the European Commission has encouraged Member States to have high-level strategies in place. For example, it recommends policies to improve the sustainability and efficiency of social and health care systems; policies that promote health throughout the life course and encourage prevention and rehabilitation in order to reduce demand for long-term care. Commission initiatives to inspire and support Member States have included the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between the Generations 2012 and the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.

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Human Rights in Northern Ireland: What if the Human Rights Act were repealed?

The Belfast Agreement in 1998 contained a comprehensive suite of human rights safeguards. These include the introduction of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) to be accessible in Northern Ireland courts, establishment of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, consultation by the Commission on any additional rights supplementary to the ECHR to constitute a Bill of Rights and prohibition of the Northern Ireland Assembly to legislate in any way contrary to the ECHR or any Bill of Rights.

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