Action required

Public authorities have legal obligations to promote equality and not to breach human rights. In order to do this effectively they need to consider the potential impact of all budget cuts on equality and human rights outcomes for older women and carefully monitor the actual impact.

• Public authorities should take account of the combined impact of different cuts on particularly vulnerable groups in their assessments and monitoring.

• Public authorities should ensure that they co-ordinate their policies and practices where multiple agencies have an impact on a particular issue.

• Public authorities should also pay due regard to the role played by women’s organisations and voluntary organisations providing services to older women in tackling discrimination and in promoting older women’s human rights.

• Other actors can play important roles in monitoring impacts, campaigning, and bringing cases to courts.

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