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Ageing & the law: Older People

Subjects: Law

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Older people & the law: quick start

Legislation defines the end of minority status in England as 18 years old, Family Law Reform Act 1969 s 1, at 18 years. (A reduction from 21)

Genetics, personality characteristics, lifestyle & career choices, economic status, & luck are just some of the factors which determine when (if at all) individuals encounter the disadvantages of age - real (reduced mobility, impaired capacity, fraility, etc) or perceived (ageism).

NatCen's ELSA (see below) looks at the experience of those 50 years and older.

International bodies such as the UN & WHO make the qualification for older as 60 years and over.

In England

  • a ‘default' or forced retirement age no longer exists.
  • the age at which women & men can draw a state pension is being adjusted to reflect equality & increased life expectancy: Pensions Acts of 2011 &  2014. By 2020 the qualifying age for a State Pension will have risen to 66. (Calculate individual SPA)
  • After 70, driving licences must be renewed every 3 years.
  • On 1 December 2016  the upper limit for jury service was raised to 75

The Law Bod's collection is spread over four, open access floors. So please always feel free to ask staff for directions when SOLO gives you some shelf marks/locations which are new to you.

On Level 2 (entrance level) you will find monographs dealing with the laws in UK & NI jurisdictions, Australia (A8), Canada (C1), NZ(N4) and USA(U4) at

KN150 - Person and Social Law
KN151.6 - Older people specifically
KN191.2 - Discrimination in Employment Law

KZ1 is where you will find Halsbury's Laws of England services in print.