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Commissioner for Older People Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

Section 3 - Duties of the Commissioner

This paragraph sets out a series of important duties which the Commissioner must perform.  These include duties to:-

  • Promote an awareness of matters relating to the interests of older people and of the need to safeguard those interests ;

  • Keep under review the adequacy and effectiveness of the law and practice relating to the interests of older people;

  • Keep under review the adequacy and effectiveness of the services provided to older people by relevant authorities;

  • Promote the provision of opportunities for, and the elimination of discrimination against, older people;

  • Encourage best practice in the treatment of older people;

  • Promote positive attitudes towards older people and encourage participation by older people in public life;

  • Advise the Assembly, the Secretary of State and a relevant authority on matters concerning the interests of older people (this could cover any issue);

  • Take reasonable steps to make older people aware of the existence and functions of his/her office and its location;

  • Take reasonable steps to encourage older people to communicate with the Commissioner and his or her staff and to seek the views of older people; and

  • Make themselves or their staff available, as far as is practicable, at a place convenient for older people.

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