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All-Party Parliamentary Group

Age UK provides the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Ageing and Older People.

The APPG works to engage with the political and legislative issues before parliament affecting people in later life. The group covers a wide range of issues from housing and transport to health and social care.

Want to attend?

If you are interested in finding out more about any of these meetings, email us or phone 020 3033 1226.

Human rights and older people

The APPG has launched an inquiry into human rights an older people.

We'll hold several meetings over the next six months and produce a short report in spring 2018.

More information on the inquiry and how to get involved is below.

Launch of the inquiry and its aims

The group launched the inquiry in October and we discussed what the group should consider as part of its work.

Our aim is to understand how older people’s human rights can best be protected. This includes:

  • Understanding the situation facing older people both in the UK and internationally
  • Understanding the adequacy of human rights standards in the UK and internationally for protecting the rights of older people

January 2018 - Highlighting good practice

What does good human rights protection look like?

We'll hear from key speakers sharing their lessons and outcomes from several good practice case studies.

March 2018 - Autonomy and independence

The meeting will identify what can be done to ensure older people are able to lead autonomous lives, maintaining their contribution to and involvement in society, regardless of physical and health conditions.

  • Are existing human rights standards and norms sufficient for protecting older people’s autonomy and independence?
  • What happens at the boundaries of independence, when someone may lack capacity or need care that could restrict their freedom?

May 2018 - The right to long term and palliative care

We'll highlight problems with the current social care system as a human rights issue that affects individuals and to suggest actions to alleviate them.

  • What are the consequences of poor care and how do they undermine someone’s dignity and wellbeing? What does ‘good, person centred care’ look like?
  • What are the reasons behind unmet social care need? What human rights protection could address this?
  • Across the world older people are suffering as a result of insufficient care at the end of their lives. What could the UK government do to help?

How you can get involved

As well as attending our meetings we're asking interested individuals and organisations to send us short submissions to inform our final report.

These can address any of the questions above and can be sent to agechampions@ageuk.org.uk by 30 January 2018

Please limit submissions to two pages.

Read about previous meetings of the APPG

A very broad range of topics relating to older people has been discussed at previous APPG meetings

For more information:
Call Age UK on 0800 169 8787

Last updated: Oct 25 2017

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