OFMdFM have launched a consultation on policy proposals to extend age discrimination legislation to the provision of goods, facilities and services in Northern Ireland.
The proposals aim to provide protection for adults and young people aged 16 years and over from discrimination on the basis of age by those who supply goods, provide a service, or make facilities available to the public or a section of the public.
Junior Minister McCann: "We are working hard to create a fair society for everyone, but inequalities do still exist. We want to ensure people are treated fairly regardless of their age and that is why the Executive’s Programme for Government includes a commitment to extend age discrimination legislation to the provision of goods, facilities and services.
"Any future legislation would challenge negative stereotypes and ageist behaviour and improve accountability in service provision, and we want people to share their views on these proposals.”
Junior Minister McIlveen: "The Northern Ireland Executive is committed to protecting people from any form of discrimination on the grounds of age.
"Age discrimination must be completely eradicated and these new proposals represent another important step in the development of our equality legislation.
"We will ensure any new legislation will prohibit harmful or unjustifiable treatment against people over 16 with regard to goods, facilities and services. We encourage anyone with an interest in securing an equal society to respond to this consultation.”
The proposals seek to ensure any new legislation would only prohibit harmful or unjustifiable treatment that results in genuinely unfair discrimination. The consultation document outlines in more detail the proposed scope of any future legislation. It sets out some circumstances where it may be appropriate to treat people differently because of their age and where exceptions to any future legislation may be required to allow certain age-based behaviour to continue.
The main areas covered by the consultation are general Goods, Facilities and Services, Health & Social Care, Financial Services, Public Functions, Private Clubs and associations, Charities and Premises.
Download the Consultation and Summary documents: www.ofmdfmni.gov.uk/age-discrimination-legislation
Share your views
The consultation period runs from 3 July 2015 and will close on 8 October 2015. You can share your views via the online survey, or by completing the Word version and emailing or posting to OFMdFM (addresses below).
The Consultation process will be supported by a series of regional consultation events which will take place in Belfast and in each county as follows:
Date Venue Times
28 July - City Hotel, Derry/Londonderry 10.30am - 12.30pm
31 July - Downshire Civic Centre, Downpatrick 10.30am - 12.30pm
4 August - Tullyglass House Hotel, Ballymena 10.30am - 12.30pm
5 August - Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen 10.30am - 12.30pm
11 August - Armagh City Hotel, Armagh 10.30am - 12.30pm
13 August - Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown 10.30am - 12.30pm
18 August - Grosvenor Hall, Belfast 10.30am - 12.30pm
19 August - Magherabuoy House Hotel, Portrush 10.30am - 12.30pm
Online questionnaire: www.surveymonkey.com/s/AgeGFS_Consultation
Word version: www.ofmdfmni.gov.uk/age-discrimination-legislation
Printed copies of the Consultation Document, Executive Summary and the Questionnaire can also be requested via the following contact details.
Age GFS Consultation
Room E3.18, Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate, Belfast BT4 3SR
Telephone: 028 9052 3433
Textphone: 028 9052 2526