05 Mar 2012
Ed Balls, Shadow Chancellor and MP for Outwood and Morley, visited Schofield Court retirement housing scheme in Morley on Friday to discuss our Grey Pride campaign and the issues facing older people today.
The residents of the retirement housing scheme supported the Grey Pride campaign last year and collected over 200 signatures towards our 137,000 strong petition, calling on the Government to install a dedicated Minister for Older People.
The Government is still considering our proposal, but Mr Balls' visit gave the group of Grey Pride supporters a unique opportunity to speak directly with a key Government figure about why a Minister for Older People is needed and what it would mean for the people of Morley.
On his blog Mr Balls said: “What a great bunch of people at Schofield Court. When I popped in for a cup of tea this afternoon, Alice, Josephine, Doreen and their fellow residents made me feel really welcome.
“Talking to residents at Schofield Court here in Morley they told me it’s really important there is a strong voice for older people. So whether it’s on issues like social care, the radical changes being proposed to our NHS or cuts in police numbers, I think older people deserve a strong voice to stand up for the issues that matter most to them. Labour have appointed a Shadow Minister for older people but Grey Pride and I are calling on the Government now to do the same.”
The Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government is considering the proposal. However the Labour Party already backs the campaign and has already appointed a Shadow Minister for Older People.