Age discrimination?

Not sure if this is exactly the right forum for this idea but here goes.

How is it that the Government is seeking to increase the pension entitlement age so that we are all going to have to work longer and as yet I've heard no mention of raising the cut off dates for say driving licences and other age tested formalities the Government controls.  if we are fit enough to be able to work longer and contribute doesn't it also follow that the age limit for those other criterion should also be lifted (and reduce the burocracy) or are we eventually going to have to be subjected to extra driving test etc merely to fullfill our contractual obligations to a working society?

Why is this idea important?

Not sure if this is exactly the right forum for this idea but here goes.

How is it that the Government is seeking to increase the pension entitlement age so that we are all going to have to work longer and as yet I've heard no mention of raising the cut off dates for say driving licences and other age tested formalities the Government controls.  if we are fit enough to be able to work longer and contribute doesn't it also follow that the age limit for those other criterion should also be lifted (and reduce the burocracy) or are we eventually going to have to be subjected to extra driving test etc merely to fullfill our contractual obligations to a working society?

Encouraging employers to take on older workers.

People are now having to work longer and cannot claim state pension until they are much older, but employers are usually looking for younger, fresher employees. Older people have more maturity and experience.

Why is this idea important?

People are now having to work longer and cannot claim state pension until they are much older, but employers are usually looking for younger, fresher employees. Older people have more maturity and experience.

Allow Illegitimate Children Citizenship Through Their British Fathers

Currently, only British mothers and married British fathers are able to pass on their citizenship, by descent, to their children. The one and only group left out of their birthright are children born before 1 July 2006 to unmarried British fathers.

There is a registration system put in place for fathers to register their minor children for UK citizenship.  However, it is being misused by immigration officers.  There are numerous news stories about children shut out of British citizenship because an immigration officer refused to register an illegitimate child's birth.  Once that child reaches the age of 18, they are exempt from the opportunity to acquire British citizenship. 

No other group of children have a cut-off date attached to their births for nationality purposes.  Only illegitimate children have such unfair rules applied to them by the British government.  Every other child born to at least one British parent can apply for citizenship at any time in their life. 

Both the Nationality, Immigration, & Asylum Act and the Borders, Citizenship, & Immigration Bill sought to remove this inequality completely.  However, each time it was removed, continuing to shut out children born to unmarried British fathers, while giving British mothers the right to pass on their nationality to their children, regardless of birth status.  It was last year, during the Borders Bill, when the then Immigration Minister, Phil Woolas, stated that giving illegitimate children any rights would be a "step into the unknown".  Another MP told a "who's your daddy" joke.  

This behavior towards illegitimate children is unacceptable and goes against both the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights.  The British government must find a way to offer some path to citizenship for the very last group it has admitted to discriminating against — illegitimate children born before 1 July 2006 to British fathers.

This is clearly a human rights issue.  Only one group of children are being singled out of their nationality rights.  Remove ALL cut-off dates so that ALL children born to at least one British parent can register their births and acquire British passports, not just specific groups.

Why is this idea important?

Currently, only British mothers and married British fathers are able to pass on their citizenship, by descent, to their children. The one and only group left out of their birthright are children born before 1 July 2006 to unmarried British fathers.

There is a registration system put in place for fathers to register their minor children for UK citizenship.  However, it is being misused by immigration officers.  There are numerous news stories about children shut out of British citizenship because an immigration officer refused to register an illegitimate child's birth.  Once that child reaches the age of 18, they are exempt from the opportunity to acquire British citizenship. 

No other group of children have a cut-off date attached to their births for nationality purposes.  Only illegitimate children have such unfair rules applied to them by the British government.  Every other child born to at least one British parent can apply for citizenship at any time in their life. 

Both the Nationality, Immigration, & Asylum Act and the Borders, Citizenship, & Immigration Bill sought to remove this inequality completely.  However, each time it was removed, continuing to shut out children born to unmarried British fathers, while giving British mothers the right to pass on their nationality to their children, regardless of birth status.  It was last year, during the Borders Bill, when the then Immigration Minister, Phil Woolas, stated that giving illegitimate children any rights would be a "step into the unknown".  Another MP told a "who's your daddy" joke.  

This behavior towards illegitimate children is unacceptable and goes against both the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights.  The British government must find a way to offer some path to citizenship for the very last group it has admitted to discriminating against — illegitimate children born before 1 July 2006 to British fathers.

This is clearly a human rights issue.  Only one group of children are being singled out of their nationality rights.  Remove ALL cut-off dates so that ALL children born to at least one British parent can register their births and acquire British passports, not just specific groups.

Age discrimination

The 2006 Equality (Age) Regulations needs to be reviewed. I understand and respect why it is needed, as older workers find it difficult to get new jobs etc.

However, employers can no longer request dates of employment in case they can 'guess' the age of candidates, they cannot specify 'must have 5 years experience in a management position' or 'candidates must be dynamic' all because it discriminates against younger workers.

I think the legislation has been applied in way that goes beyond common sense. It is fact that with time in a job, experience and knowledge grows. This should be respected and be part of the selection criteria of an employer, who shoudl eb able to state we need someone with lengthy experience and strong technical knowledge in a particular area. You cannot even send a birthday card to a colleague that pokes fun at their age, as that could be considered as 'harassment under age discrimination legislation'

The legislation just needs to be loosened, not be so prescriptive or constraining for businesses.

Why is this idea important?

The 2006 Equality (Age) Regulations needs to be reviewed. I understand and respect why it is needed, as older workers find it difficult to get new jobs etc.

However, employers can no longer request dates of employment in case they can 'guess' the age of candidates, they cannot specify 'must have 5 years experience in a management position' or 'candidates must be dynamic' all because it discriminates against younger workers.

I think the legislation has been applied in way that goes beyond common sense. It is fact that with time in a job, experience and knowledge grows. This should be respected and be part of the selection criteria of an employer, who shoudl eb able to state we need someone with lengthy experience and strong technical knowledge in a particular area. You cannot even send a birthday card to a colleague that pokes fun at their age, as that could be considered as 'harassment under age discrimination legislation'

The legislation just needs to be loosened, not be so prescriptive or constraining for businesses.

Employment & The Over 50′ & 60’s

There should be a law that covers people over 50 and 60 who still want to work and are fit and able to do so, this law should state that:-  

"All persons that submit a CV or qualifications for a vacant position that match what has to be listed as the full experience quoted on the advertisement for that said position are to be interviewed, regardless of their age".

"A potential employer cannot under any circumstances decide that a person because of their age cannot be considered ".

And YES, this is the difficult bit because it's common knowledge that they WILL lie –

"If after an interview a person is not accepted for the position, a reason must be given which is much more than – "sorry not suitable or not enough experience", especially as the advertisement for the position clearly has to state what experience is required.

Why is this idea important?

There should be a law that covers people over 50 and 60 who still want to work and are fit and able to do so, this law should state that:-  

"All persons that submit a CV or qualifications for a vacant position that match what has to be listed as the full experience quoted on the advertisement for that said position are to be interviewed, regardless of their age".

"A potential employer cannot under any circumstances decide that a person because of their age cannot be considered ".

And YES, this is the difficult bit because it's common knowledge that they WILL lie –

"If after an interview a person is not accepted for the position, a reason must be given which is much more than – "sorry not suitable or not enough experience", especially as the advertisement for the position clearly has to state what experience is required.

Nationality via British mother

Amend unfair law so that nationality via British mothers is the same as via British fathers.

How can the Borders, Immigration & Citizenship Act – with its obvious gender and age discrimination – be legal? It blatantly discriminates against children born abroad before 1961 to British mothers.
 
I was born in the USA to a British mother and should therfore be eligible for automatic British citizenship by descent. However, the Borders, Immigration & Citizenship Act does not allow British mothers to pass on their citizenship to their children regardless of where or when they were born.
 
As of 13 Jan, 2010, I finally have the right to claim my British citizenship (via my British mother) however I don't consider the path to British citizenship an entitlement since it is dependent on specific conditions.
 
Because I was born before 1961, I (and others in the same situation) am required to register and pay £540. However, if my father was British (or if I was younger), I could claim British Citizenship by descent without registration, without a fee and without the required citizenship ceremony.

Why is this idea important?

Amend unfair law so that nationality via British mothers is the same as via British fathers.

How can the Borders, Immigration & Citizenship Act – with its obvious gender and age discrimination – be legal? It blatantly discriminates against children born abroad before 1961 to British mothers.
 
I was born in the USA to a British mother and should therfore be eligible for automatic British citizenship by descent. However, the Borders, Immigration & Citizenship Act does not allow British mothers to pass on their citizenship to their children regardless of where or when they were born.
 
As of 13 Jan, 2010, I finally have the right to claim my British citizenship (via my British mother) however I don't consider the path to British citizenship an entitlement since it is dependent on specific conditions.
 
Because I was born before 1961, I (and others in the same situation) am required to register and pay £540. However, if my father was British (or if I was younger), I could claim British Citizenship by descent without registration, without a fee and without the required citizenship ceremony.

Campaign Against Age Discrimination

I am a Magistrate and 66 years old, when I reach 70 I will be forced to retire from the Bench.  The only factor taken into consideration will be my age.  My campaign against age discrimination started in 2006 but has met with little success. 

Bridget Prentice MP replied on behalf of Jack Straw, stating that the last Government had no plans to amend sections 12 or 13 of the Courts Act. In other words the only factor that will be taken into consideration when deciding on a person's suitability to continue as a Magistrate will be age? 

Now we have change of Government, could this decision taken by the Ministry of Justice be reviewed? 

When I started my campaign against age discrimination it was primarily to question the forced retirement of magistrates at the age of 70 but my campaign has wider implications.  Age discrimination is endemic in our society, if the Government were to make the practice of using age as the only factor when judging the suitability of a person to do a job, illegal full stop.  It would, I feel sure meet with approval by a very large section of our community. 

I know it would be a bold and controversial act by Parliament to completely outlaw age discrimination because “it would open up a whole can of worms” but Parliament has made bold and controversial decisions in the past, like the abolition of slavery and hanging.

Why is this idea important?

I am a Magistrate and 66 years old, when I reach 70 I will be forced to retire from the Bench.  The only factor taken into consideration will be my age.  My campaign against age discrimination started in 2006 but has met with little success. 

Bridget Prentice MP replied on behalf of Jack Straw, stating that the last Government had no plans to amend sections 12 or 13 of the Courts Act. In other words the only factor that will be taken into consideration when deciding on a person's suitability to continue as a Magistrate will be age? 

Now we have change of Government, could this decision taken by the Ministry of Justice be reviewed? 

When I started my campaign against age discrimination it was primarily to question the forced retirement of magistrates at the age of 70 but my campaign has wider implications.  Age discrimination is endemic in our society, if the Government were to make the practice of using age as the only factor when judging the suitability of a person to do a job, illegal full stop.  It would, I feel sure meet with approval by a very large section of our community. 

I know it would be a bold and controversial act by Parliament to completely outlaw age discrimination because “it would open up a whole can of worms” but Parliament has made bold and controversial decisions in the past, like the abolition of slavery and hanging.