Britain needs a minister for older people to combat ageism, expert says

Posted on 26 April 2011

Older people would benefit from a parliamentary minister to stand up for their needs, one expert has said.

Jane Ashcroft, chief executive of Anchor, claimed that a minister for older people would help to combat the ageism which is prevalent in the UK.

"There is a minister for children and a minister for women, so there should be a minister for overall responsibility for putting older people's issues together - employment issues but also housing and benefits," she said.

Ms Ashcroft added that age is the only 'ism' that has not been dealt with in the UK, with society still finding it acceptable to use language regarding older people that would be considered unacceptable in other countries.

This follows research by Anchor that revealed 21 per cent of Brits aged 18-24 believe that over-60s are slower and less productive than their junior counterparts.

Moreover, 41 per cent of young people said that there are not enough jobs for older people to remain in work, with 14 per cent saying they should retire in order for young people to have opportunities.

Posted by Natalie Edwards

 

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