20 Nov 2014
In a Letter to Editors published this morning in The Telegraph, Anchor’s Chief Executive Jane Ashcroft explains why Britain needs a Minister for Older People in Cabinet.
The letter, signed by an array of older peoples’ charities and politicians, comments that with life expectancy on the rise, the country's social care system is in crisis and must adapt.
Anchor’s Grey Pride campaign calls for a dedicated minister at Cabinet level to ensure society is ready to support the needs of the older people of today and tomorrow. Read the letter in full below:
The latest figures for life expectancy at birth and at age 65 in England and Wales released by the ONS highlight that the impact of Britain’s ageing population needs to be addressed urgently. The social care system is in crisis and with the number of over-85s expected to double by 2030, the system must adapt. It would be the scandal of our generation if we do not act to meet the needs of our ageing population – after all, the younger people of today are simply the older people of tomorrow.
Health and social care experts are doing their utmost to provide solutions: think tanks and charities regularly produce reports highlighting how we might reform the way we care for older people. The Grey Pride campaign has called for the introduction of a Minister for Older People in Cabinet. This would provide someone who can take responsibility for joining up services that affect older people, services that form the crux of our very society – health, social care, housing, transport. This would help ensure that we are all taking the right steps to have a productive, healthy and happy old age where older people can continue to make a positive contribution to society.
We call on the three major parties to commit to such an appointment in their election manifestos, creating one single role responsible for addressing the issues faced by this rapidly growing group in society.
Jane Ashcroft CBE, Chief Executive, Anchor
Janet Davies, Executive Director for Nursing & Service Delivery, The Royal College of Nursing
Hilda Hayo, CEO, Dementia UK
Nick Bunting, Secretary General, Royal Air Forces Association
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive, Care England
Malcolm Booth, CEO, National Federation of Occupational Pensioners
Simon Bottery, Director of Policy and External Relations, Independent Age
Denise Keating, Chief Executive, Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion
Nigel Wilson, CEO, Legal & General
Michael Voges, Executive Director of Associated Retirement Community Operators
Bob Green, CEO, Stonewall Housing
David Orr, chief executive of National Housing Federation
Stephen Burke, Director, United for All Ages and Good Care Guide
Des Kelly OBE, Executive Director, National Care Forum
Jeff Skipp, CEO, Deafblind UK
Sam Smethers, Chief Executive, Grandparents Plus
Colin Nee, Chief Executive, British Geriatrics Society
Rt Hon Paul Burstow MP
Liz Kendall MP
Dave Anderson MP
Nic Dakin MP
Jason McCartney MP
Dame Joan Ruddock DBE MP
Tracey Crouch MP
Dame Angela Watkinson DBE MP
Nick De Bois MP
Kevin Barron MP
Rosie Cooper MP
Alison Seabeck MP