Employment & work

Age Discrimination Law

7th March 2008, Equality Commission

This short guide provides some basic information about the law on discrimination on grounds of age in Northern Ireland. It does not attempt to describe every detail and should not be taken as an authoritative statement of the law. Further information is available from the Equality Commission. Details of some of our other publications and how to contact us are given at the back of this booklet.

Mapping and Analyzing the Roles, Functions and Capacity of Voluntary and Community Organizations for Older People

1st October 2007, Centre for Voluntary Action Studies, University of Ulster, Coleraine

This project is the first north - south comparative study of older people and the voluntary and community sector on the island of Ireland. Due to demographic change, longer life expectancy and other factors, there will be a significant growth in the numbers of older people in the coming decades. The social policy dimension is important, for studies in both parts of the island have highlighted the risk to poverty of many older people.

The Silver Age of the Welfare State: Perspectives on Resilience

15th February 2002, Journal of Social Policy, Cambridge University

The circumstances which favoured the expansion of state welfare in the post-war ‘golden age’ – secure growth, full employment, moderate welfare needs and national politico-economic autonomy – have been reversed in the ‘silver age’ of labour market restructuring, demographic transition and economic globalisation. Most researchers argue that the European welfare settlement is (so far) surprisingly resilient in the face of current challenges

Older people and voluntary action: citizenship, civic

3rd September 2007, Centre for Voluntary Action Studies, University of Ulster North and South

This paper offers an examination of the way in which welfare users’ organizations are structured by the political economies of welfare states, drawing on preliminary findings from comparative research into the two jurisdictions in Ireland. It argues that whilst the social base of voluntary action among older people is similar in both parts of Ireland, in Northern Ireland a plethora of partnership arrangements and the legal structure of the devolved administration itself have created an institutional voice for older people, which is largely absent in the Republic of Ireland.