Mike Gapes, MP for Ilford South, has signed up to support the ‘Just Equal Treatment’ campaign run by leading older people’s charity Age Concern and Help the Aged. The campaign aims to bring an end to ageism, the most common form of discrimination experienced by adults in the UK.
Research by Age Concern and Help the Aged found that two thirds (68 per cent) of people over the age of 65 believe that politicians see older people as a low priority. However, the Equality Bill currently being considered by MPs as it progresses through Parliament will for the first time give protection for older people against discrimination in goods and services like health and social care and in financial services like travel insurance.
Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director for Age Concern and Help the Aged says:
The fight against ageism has been long and hard but it is finally reaching the ears of Westminster. The Equality Bill will be a landmark event for older people in Ilford South and we are delighted that Mike Gapes MP has signed up to support the ‘Just Equal Treatment’ campaign.
It is now vital that all political parties rally around this Bill and make an unbreakable legal commitment to safeguard the three fifths of London adults (60 per cent) who worry about how they will be treated when they turn 65.
Mike Gapes, MP for Ilford South says:
I am delighted that the Labour Government is bringing in further measures to combat discrimination and I pleased to give this bill my support.
If you would like to find out more about the fight against ageism, Age Concern and Help the Aged have published a new report, We mean business: the fight to tackle ageism.
posted 25 June 2009