The Brexit and Older People event jointly organised by PAiL and the Age Platform Europe (UK branch) was held at Europe House on 11th January and was very successful.
The aim was to bring speakers with expertise on the issues facing older people during and after Brexit together to inform people of what rights, laws and benefits they currently have as a right under EU law and to ask people at the conference what they want to keep, what to lose and what to improve.
This, we think, was the first attempt to inform and involve older people in the Brexit process and to discover what their ‘red lines’ are.
It was clear from the discussion that many people are worried that basic rights may be lost and that key issues of concern include the following:
- Keeping age and employment rights
- Extending age equality to the provision of goods and services
- Maintaining our health and care services by keeping EU workers in place as well as training UK people
- Ensuring the rights of existing EU citizens here and reciprocal rights for UK citizens in Europe
- Keeping pension and workers rights
- Defending consumer protection
- Ensuring that the rights we currently have in EU law are enshrined in UK law and not just till 2020.
You can view the slides to four of the presentations given on the day by clicking each title below:
- “What are the EU current laws, rights and initiatives relating to older people that will be transferred to the Government after Brexit?” – Maciej Kucharczyk, Policy Director, AGE Platform Europe
- “Brexit for older people? – Implications for Health and Social Care of Elderly” – Simon Bottery, Director of Policy, Independent Age
- “Brexit: The implications for equality legislation and rights of all older people” – Ali Harris, CEO, Equality and Diversity Forum
- Brexit & Older People- Employment & Training – Chris Walsh, Director, Wise Age
Additionally, click here to access the list of concerns raised in the breakout group over the issue of older people’s employment and pension rights.
We would like to see more such events organised in London and across the UK as we need to develop a plan for a People’s brexit and for us especially an Older People’s Brexit. Anyone who would be interested in such an event, please contact us.