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Response to updated Hate Crime Action Plan

Published on 16 October 2018 10:27 AM

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said:

“Any crime against an older person is shocking. While older people are generally less likely to be victimised than many other age groups, the consequences can be particularly serious in terms of the impact on health and confidence, sometimes triggering a move into residential care. Yet victimisation because of age is not currently considered to be a hate crime. We therefore welcome the announcement of this review.

“We would urge any older person who has been the victim of any crime to report it to the police and to seek help if they need it from organisations like Victim Support.”

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Notes to editors

Age UK

We work with our national partners, Age Scotland, Age Cymru and Age NI and our local Age UK partners in England (together the Age UK Family). We also work internationally for people in later life as a member of the DEC and with our sister charity Help Age International.

Age UK believes that everyone should have the opportunity to make the most of later life, whatever their circumstances. We provide free information, advice and support to over six million people; commercial products and services to over one million customers; and research and campaign on the issues that matter to people in later life. Our work focuses on five key areas: money matters, health and well-being, home and care, work and training and leisure and lifestyle.

Age UK is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England (registered charity number 1128267 and company number 6825798). Age Concern England and Help the Aged (both registered charities), and their trading and other associated companies merged on the 1st April 2009. Together they have formed the Age UK Group ("we"). Charitable services are offered through Age UK and commercial products are offered by the Charity's trading companies, which donate their net profits to Age UK (the Charity).

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Last updated: Oct 16 2018

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