Thursday, 7 February 2013

Who are we talking about

The legislation only covers
  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex (gender)
  • sexual orientation
But there are other categories of difference which may impact on how people may be treated 
  • People with long term illnesses (mental and physical) - this may in some instances be included in disability;
  • Carers;
  • Employed people on low wages;
  • Unemployed people;
  • Lone parent Families;
  • Children in need and their families;
  • Young people;
  • People who live in rural areas;
  • People living in disadvantaged areas;
  • People who have been in contact with the criminal justice system and their families;
  • People with low levels of literacy and numeracy skills;
  • People with communication difficulties;
  • Homeless people;
  • People living in residential and nursing homes; and
  • Refugees and asylum seekers.
This list is by no means complete. And of course in many instances people may fall into several categories - sometimes by chance and sometimes because there may be causal links e.g. people with disabilities are much more likely to either unemployed or on low wages than those without disabilities.

Does this mean we have to completely understand the issues associated with all these groups or can we start with actually doing something?

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