MPs call for minister for older people

Posted on 17 June 2011

MPs are calling for a minister for older people to tackle the issues of seniors including the many paying for long term care.

The campaign, tabled by Labour former minister Iain Wright, aims to give older people a voice in parliament and has gained cross-party support, with 14 other MPs backing the cause.

Fuelled by the "huge contribution made to society" by people over the age of 60, the campaign is designed to highlight the issue of the ageing population.

According to the motion, "[there are] now more people in the UK aged 60 years and above than under 16 years, which will have enormous social and economic consequences for this country".

This comes after Jane Ashcroft, chief executive of Anchor, said that a minister for older people is needed to combat ageism in the UK.

She pointed out that a minister for women and one for children are already in place, and there is no reason older people should not benefit from one too.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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