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Age: Discrimination

Volume 477: debated on Friday 20 June 2008

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2008, Official Report, column 2684W, on age: discrimination, what the terms of reference of the research commissioned by her Department on the costs and benefits of eliminating age discrimination in health and social care provision are. (208257)

The briefs for the two literature reviews commissioned by the Department of Health were:

for a rapid literature review with the key focus on costs (and if possible benefits) of removing age discrimination in social care and mental health services with particular emphasis on international literature (Centre for Policy on Ageing); and

to summarise the theoretical literature in order to explore what are the specific age-based criticisms and defences of cost-effectiveness analysis within the literature, to what degree could alternative methods address the different equity concerns raised within the debate, and related issues (university of Leeds).

The briefs for the two research studies commissioned by the Department of Health were:

On social care (university of Kent):

to investigate the extent, reasons for and impact of any age discrimination in the commissioning and provision of adult social services;

to produce an estimate of the costs of eliminating any such age discrimination, on the basis that services for the disadvantaged group would be levelled up to those of the advantaged group;

to prepare a report setting out findings from the study, including details of caveats, and suggestions for any further research on this topic.

On mental health (London School of Economics/university of Swansea):

to explore the extent of age discrimination in mental health services. Three broad issues are addressed: inequalities between adult and older people’s mental health services; inequalities between adults and older people with mental health problems in their use of health and social care services; and knowledge about the likely single equalities legislation in current services and the possible costs of implementation.

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2008, Official Report, column 2684W, on age: discrimination, whether the research commissioned by her Department on the costs and benefits of eliminating age discrimination in health and social care provision has examined the issues in relation to those under 18 years. (208258)

The research commissioned by the Department of Health considered age discrimination in relation to adults (aged 18 and over), in keeping with the proposal in the consultation paper “A Framework for Fairness” that any legislation to ban unfair age discrimination would deal with adults but not with people under 18.

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on proposals for implementing a positive duty on public bodies to promote age equality; and if she will make a statement. (210722)

Throughout the progression of the Equality Bill, I and my officials have been in close contact with colleagues in a number of key departments including the Department of Health, Department of Work and Pensions, the Treasury and others, to discuss among other things the proposals for a single public sector duty. Our proposals for the Bill will be included in the Government's response to the Discrimination Law Review consultation, which will be published shortly.