Anchor’s Chief Executive Jane Ashcroft has spoken of the need for ‘a cabinet minister with clout’ to represent the interests of older people.

Appearing live on BBC’s Breakfast programme this morning to talk about today’s debate in the House of Commons on a Minister for Older People, she said there was a great need to join up all the services for older people, support families looking after older relatives, and enabling older people to carry on working should they wish to.

She was joined on the programme by Sarah Rochira, the Older People’s Commissioner in Wales, who said issues affecting older people were now being given a higher priority in the principality since the creation of the post in 2008.

The House of Commons debate is scheduled to begin at around 3pm today. MPs are being asked to vote on the motion: “That this house calls on the government to appoint a member of the Cabinet to be the Minister for Older People; to give a political voice to our older generation, to oversee the coordination of services which affect them and tackle the social and economic challenges of demographic change”.

Penny Mordaunt MP, Joint Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ageing and Older People, who is backing Grey Pride, also appeared on the Today programme on Radio 4 this morning.

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