(2010) Making Older People Equal: reforming the law on access to education and other services

in Discussion & Reports
Brice Dickson and Lisa Glennon, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland

This paper critically considers the Equality Act 2010 (UK) and its implications, as well as the proposal for an EU Directive on Goods and Services. It argues that exceptions permitting service providers to discriminate against older people (negative exceptions) should be very specifically set out in the reforming legislation. It argues that service providers should be permitted to discriminate in favour of older people (positive exceptions) if the reason for doing so satisfies legislative criteria which are designed to meet the particular needs of older persons or promote social inclusion. Under this proposal, age-related concessionary fees for adult education courses would be lawful.

International Journal of Education and Ageing, Vol.1, No. 1, 67-76, June 2010, ISSN: 2044-5458


Equality, Age discrimination, Legislation, Goods and services