MP wants a voice for older people

HARTLEPOOL MP Iain Wright is supporting a drive to appoint a dedicated minister for older people.

Mr Wright has tabled a motion in support of Grey Pride Week, which calls for a representive at Government level for the older generation.

The MP is supporting Grey Pride Week, which is run by older people’s housing and care provider Anchor and aims to celebrate growing old and champion older people, giving them a voice at the highest level.

Older people are fast becoming one of the largest groups in the United Kingdom, but there is no Government minister dedicated to the well-being of older people.

Mr Wright’s early day motion in Parliament calls for a Minister in Government that prioritises the needs of older people and ensures that their views and interests receive dedicated attention.

He said: “Older people already make up 25 per cent of the population.

“It is expected that 10 million people living now will reach the age of 100, which will provide enormous social and economic challenges.

“I want to ensure that older people living in Hartlepool are represented at the highest political level in Government and enjoy dignity and respect in their later years.

“People who had served in our Armed Forces started having a much stronger voice when the Labour Government created a dedicated Minister for Veterans, and I can see the same thing working for older people.

“Launching Grey Pride is a step towards ensuring that.”

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