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Campaign for minister for older people gathers speed

Campaign for minister for older people gathers speed
17th June 2011

The parliamentary campaign to appoint a minister for older people is gaining cross party support in the commons.

A minister for older people would represent the opinions and concerns of older people, including those using home care or soon to find a care home.

Labour former minister Iain Wright tabled the motion, citing the "huge contribution made to society" by over-60s.

The campaign has now garnered the support of 14 other MPs, from a variety of political parties.

"[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," underlines the motion.

Clearly a popular concept, care home workers from Eagle House in Sheffield have also been campaigning for the installation of a minister for older people as part of Anchor's 'Grey Pride' week.

Jason Axford, the campaign leader in Sheffield, told the Star that despite there being a minister for women and one for children, older people are left without "a voice".

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