OFN Friday News Digest
The OFN brings you a roundup of the week’s news relevant to Older Women.

Half of women between 50 and 65 plan to continue working after they reach the state pension age, study finds

Half of women between 50 and 65 plan to continue working after they reach the state pension age, study finds

A study of official statistics found that nearly one in two in the age group planned to stay in work beyond 66 – either on their existing hours or reduced hours.

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Know Your Rights webinar

Organised by: Generation Rent

When: Wed 26 July, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Where: Zoom

Certain problems in the rental market are more likely to happen to women, which is why we are hosting a Know Your Rights webinar focused on women. If you’re a woman who wants to learn more about private renting issues that disproportionately affect women, please sign up. And please share with anyone you think would be interested in the session.

The session will include information on fighting discrimination as well as what to do when facing eviction and homelessness. The session will be chaired by Rosie Dutch from the Renters’ Reform Coalition with guest speakers:

  • Eleanor Solomon, a housing and property solicitor at Anthony Gold Solicitors LLP
  • Jenny Lamb, Policy Officer at Shelter

Sign up to a free webinar today.

Gender Gaps in Access to Civil Legal Justice: New Report Reveals Alarming Disadvantages Faced by Women

The Women’s Budget Group, using funding from the Community Justice Fund, has today released a report with new survey data that sheds a light on gender disparities in accessing civil legal justice and the pressing needs, barriers, and adverse impact faced by women as a result of reduced funding for the civil justice system.

Key findings include:

  • 85% of respondents said vulnerable women are unable to access civil legal aid and 77% said a major consequence of the legal aid changes is ‘women reaching crisis point or problems escalating’ before they receive any legal help or advice.
  • The most widespread employment law issue women seek help with is pregnancy/maternity discrimination.
  • 48% of respondents reported domestic violence as a key issue.
  • Stakeholders highlighted the “double whammy” disproportionately impacting women: the reduced scope what is covered by legal aid and the reduced amount of legal aid available.

Read the report



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