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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 or phone 020 3033 1354.

January 2018 - Meeting on loneliness

The APPG held a special meeting in January to discuss the recommendations from the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness. The meeting explored actions Parliamentarians can take in light of these in order to reduce loneliness nationally and locally.

Human rights and older people

The APPG recently held an inquiry into human rights and older people. We held several meetings on the topics below and will be publishing our report later this spring.

October 2017 - 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 heard from key speakers sharing their lessons and outcomes from several good practice case studies.

March 2018 - Autonomy and independence

The meeting discussed 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?

April 2018 - The right to long term and palliative care

We discussed 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?

Future meetings

Once the APPG's human rights inquiry is complete we will be planning future meetings on a range of topics that affect older people. Look out for updates on this page or email or call 020 3033 1354 if you would like to be added to the APPG's mailing list to receive updates on the group's plans.


Last updated: May 16 2018

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