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Charities outline demands of Brown

28th June 2007

Various charities working to improve the quality of life for older people have outlined what they expect from new prime minister Gordon Brown.

The demands from Age Concern include a pledge to fundamentally reform the social care system, to scrap mandatory retirement ages, to immediately re-attach pensions to average earnings, to ensure dignity is at the centre of the health service and to tackle low skill levels among older workers.

Gordon Lishman, director general of Age Concern, said: "As chancellor, Gordon Brown has made a big difference to older people, but as prime minister he has still for a lot to do.

"Only by settling the issues facing older people as his priority will Brown successfully challenge the disadvantages and inequalities facing too many older people."

Help the Aged has called for new housing to be built with older people's requirements in mind.

The charity has also urged Mr Brown to bring about change in health services.

Kate Jopling, head of public affairs at Help the Aged, said: "Like all new starters the Brown administration will be keen to make a good first impression, but long-lasting impressions rely on more than just quick wins."