This petition has come from the Retired Members of UNISON, but you don’t have to be a trade unionist to sign it. It affects everyone and is non-political. The law regarding elderly vulnerable people needs changing for you, and for your family:-
- Due to mental/physical incapacity many older people are as vulnerable as a baby. There would be a public outcry if politicians opposed legislation for care of children as hard as they oppose legislation for care for the elderly.
- There are specific laws protecting children, animals and domestic violence, but only regular laws to protect the Elderly.
- We are calling for the introduction of Elderly Abuse Protection Legislation as a matter of urgency.
- As with child abuse, and racial or homophobic hate crimes, incidents of neglect and ill treatment that specifically targets an older person should be a specific criminal offence with additional penalties.
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For further information see the attached Elder Abuse Leaflet attached.