Equality Act 2010 – prohibiting age discrimination

On 1stOctober 2012 the provisions in the Equality Act 2010, which prohibit age discrimination in the provision of goods and services and the exercise of public functions, came into force.

These provisions will create new causes of action permitting victims of age discrimination to bring either claims in the County Court for damages and other relief, or to seek Judicial Review of the decisions of Public Authorities which are flawed and illegal, by reason of age discrimination.

Two obvious areas likely to give rise to litigation will be the provision of social care by Local Authorities and healthcare provision by the National Health Service.  The neglect of elderly patients in hospitals has been very well publicised.