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Calls for age discrimination protection for all

The Chief Commissioner of the Equality Commission, the Commissioner for Children and Young People and the Commission for Older People have spoken together publicly to call for people of all ages to be protected under new age legislation covering the provision of goods, facilities and services.

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Age Discrimination, Local Developments

NI warned about lack of speed in welfare reform

A UK Work and Pensions Minister, Mike Penning, has voiced concerns regarding the slow pace of welfare reform in Northern Ireland.

Mr Penning stated that Northern Ireland has received the best deal on welfare reform and that failure to implement reform could result in a deduction from the block grant for Northern Ireland that could amount to a loss of £5 million per month.

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NI Justice Minister to consult on possible further changes to the laws on abortion

The Justice Minister for Northern Ireland, David Ford has announced that he is to consult on changes to the abortion laws in Northern Ireland. At present the laws do not extend to providing termination services when a foetus is suffering from a fatal abnormality. At the end of last year there were reports of 2 separate cases where it was necessary for the women in question to travel to England to have a termination.

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NI Health Minister finally lifts ban on unmarried couples being able to adopt

As has been reported on in previous editions of the Update, in June 2013 the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by the Health Minister. This appeal was against a decision of the High Court which held a ban on unmarried couples from being considered as adoptive parents was discriminatory and contrary to human rights.

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Health Department reveals new guidelines on abortion are to be sent to the Executive within weeks

The Department of Health has confirmed that it intends to circulate new guidelines on the circumstances when a pregnancy can be terminated in Northern Ireland to the Executive in the next number of weeks.

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Judicial review against the retention of lifetime blood ban for gay men successful

In a decision that has attracted a high local media profile ,the Minister for Health, Edwin Poots has been told that his decision to retain the permanent ban on gay men donating blood is irrational.

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