The Big Question


    Joan Scott, Action Unlimited


    Age counts for a lot – if a younger person goes for a job
    they’re likely to get it instead of the older person.  Employers pay young people less
    and if they can get wages lower they will. Older people do the same
    day’s work as anybody else, so it’s unfair they are
    discriminated against. 
    Everyone should be treated equally.

     


    Karen Shook, Disability equality
    adviser


    Older people have a wealth of knowledge  and experiences that can make a
    real contribution in all sectors of employment. Older people may
    also be more flexible than younger employees and have more
    transferable skills. 
    Employers are denying their businesses reliable and flexible
    staff.

     


     


    Jean S

    togdon, Grandparents Plus


    The current attitude leads to a loss of valuable experience and
    reinforces ageist working practices.  This is endemic in the health
    and social care services where younger professionals often
    patronise older people and do not utilise their strengths –
    especially older family members who have a wealth of child care
    experience and skill.

     


     


    Kerry Evans, Paren tof two severley autistic
    sons


    A mixture of old and young in the workplace makes for a balanced
    workforce, but the aged should not be pressurised to work. The
    50-70 age bracket have every right to claw back something from the
    tax system.  If pensioners
    want to remain active they should not have to sacrifice their
    pensions to do so.

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