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As an expert on ageing issues in Northern Ireland, Age NI keeps tabs on relevant research and papers produced by others in the field.

This page provides links to other sources of information on Equality & Human Rights as they relate to older people and ageing issues in Northern Ireland.

Influential Reports

Equality and Human Rights Legislation in Northern Ireland: A Review (NI Assembly) 

This paper briefly examines Northern Ireland equality and human rights protections and compares them with European Union and international standards. The international processes of scrutiny are then reviewed to identify where change has been recommended in Northern Ireland to meet international obligations. Equality protections are extensive in Northern Ireland, with a duty on public bodies to have due regard for equality between specified groups and legal protection against discrimination against particular identities, although the level of protection varies between groups. In the rest of the UK, the Equality Act 2010 harmonises much of the equality legislation and brings the terminology and protection levels up to EU standards, but this does not extend to Northern Ireland, which retains different pieces of legislation.

A Snapshot of Ageism in the UK and Across Europe (Age UK) 

Recently published research on age discrimination in Europe found that 64% of those interviewed in the UK and 44% across Europe judge age discrimination as a serious problem. The study also shows the disparity across Europe in what is considered “old”. For example, old age in the UK is considered to start at age 59, while in Greece, people are not thought of as old until they reach the age of 68. Employment is the major area where people face age discrimination - the majority of those interviewed said they would find it easier to accept a suitably qualified 30-year-old as a boss than a 70-year-old with exactly the same qualifications. 

Employment Inequalities in an Economic Downturn (Equality Commission)

This Equality Commission research specifically considers the impact of the recession in Northern Ireland on the employment trends of the nine groups identified in Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.  The research methods used in the study included an examination of key literature, analysis of labour market data, and interviews with relevant stakeholder organisations in Northern Ireland.  The statistics in the report generally cover the time period 2006 to 2009.

Ageing in an Inclusive Society (OFMDFM, 2005)

This strategy sets out the approach to be taken by Government to promote and support the inclusion of older people in Northern Ireland.

Other Resources

Age NI's Collected Links
Age NI keeps tabs on age-related research being done in the UK and further afield. We are primarily interested in research that relates to our key themes. Check out our links on delicious (a social bookmarking website).

Center for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland is a not for profit organisation developed by leaders from the ageing field across Ireland established to provide a mechanism for greater collaboration among age researchers, for wider dissemination of ageing research information and to advance a research agenda relevant to the needs of older people in Ireland (North and South).

The Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service provides free access to statistical and locational information relating to small areas across Northern Ireland. Information is available across a range of themes including Population, Social and Welfare, Agriculture & Education.

Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) is the principal source of official statistics and social research on Northern Ireland´s population and socio-economic conditions. The statistics produced by the Agency inform the policy process within Government, research within Academia and contribute to debate in the wider community.

Departmental Websites
Each of the 11 government departments in Northern Ireland has an Analytical Services Unit which provides Statistical and Research services to the Department. This is used to inform policy, planning and decision making. Statistical reports and bulletins will be available on their websites.

For more information: Age NI 028 9024 5729

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