Britain has an ageing population and this demographic change is good news – a mark of our improving living conditions, diet and medical advances. But without radical change we face an old age of increasing polarisation, suffering and loneliness.
It is for this reason we are calling on Government to appoint a Minister for Older People in the Cabinet who can lead the cross-departmental approach, as well as a Commissioner for Older People to champion older people’s needs.
We already have cross-party support for a Minister and with the General Election coming up, we are approaching politicians to highlight the needs for a Commissioner and Minister for Older People.
This manifesto highlights major areas of concern; which can only be addressed properly if the Government appoints a Minister for Older People. At present, issues are spread over different Government departments, with no adequate joined-up working.
Read more about these major areas of concern and what we believe should happen in response.