DALSTON’S OWN peer, Colin Low, is Britain’s human-rights campaigner of the year. He collected the award, made by the pressure group, Liberty, this week.
Lord Low of Dalston won the award for championing the protection of disabled and vulnerable people over the course of four decades.
Last May 2014 the crossbencher led a campaign backing the Care Bill to protect the rights of many thousands of old and disabled people to receive care services. Now the Care Act, the legislation is providing rights protection for everyone who receives residential care, or care in their own home, that is arranged or funded by a local authority.
Age UK, which nominated Lord Low, commented that the loophole had not been fully closed. It said: “People whose care is entirely privately arranged and funded are still excluded from human-rights protection.”
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