Age discrimination now unlawful in services, public functions and associations

From 1st October this year the Equality Act prohibits age discrimination in the provision of services, the exercise of public functions and in relation to associations. So organisations delivering services will need to consider how this affects them. An example that was cited recently was of welfare benefits applications being made only on-line may be indirectly discriminatory on the basis of age for older people are less likely to have access to a computer or be computer literate. There are some exceptions that the Government considers to be ‘justifiable, beneficial or needed for good public policy reasons’ – these include financial services, age based concessions, age related holidays, private clubs and sporting events eg under 21s tournament.

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Welcome to our New Website

CHAWREC LogoHere at Cheshire, Halton & Warrington Race & Equality Centre we have been offering a discrimination casework service since 1998.  This was originally funded through the Commission for Race Equality and then through the Equality & Human Rights Commission.  However, since 2012 grants have ended, as a result we have decided to keep this important service central to our services but unfortunately have had to implement a charging policy.

We have created this website so that people can find out a bit more about the discrimination casework service we offer and to also offer support and guidance to people who feel they have been discriminated against.  Please take a look around and let us know what you think!  If you have any comments, queries or questions then please contact us or leave us a reply on our blog!