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This week, we have launched a petition calling on the Government to protect the rights of older people receiving social care services. 

There is currently a loophole that means that anyone who pays for their own residential care or receives care in their own home is not directly covered by the Human Rights Act. This can mean that two people living next to each other in a care home have different rights and protections simply because of the way their care has been arranged. 

The House of Lords inserted a clause into the Care Bill that would close this loophole. However, the Government is now trying to remove it. They believe that the clause is unnecessary and confusing, even though leading lawyers disagree. 

Our petition is calling for all older people who receive care to have equal protection under the law. We have a small window of opportunity to influence on this and need to spread the word as far and wide as possible. 

What can you do:

•           Sign the petition at

•           Share the petition with colleagues, supporters, friends and family and ask them to sign it too.

•           Tweet about the petition using our suggested tweet: 

Sign @ageukcampaigns petition to protect the rights of people who need care services #careincrisis #SaveClause48 

If you would like any more information about the petition or the Care in Crisis campaign, contact Andy Glyde, Senior Campaigns Officer,, 020 303 31063.


Nusreen “Naz” Brown

Project Officer – Engagement and Involvement

Age UK 

Tavis House

1 – 6 Tavistock Square

London WC1H 9NA 

T: 020 303 31148

M: 07795577393