07 Nov 2011
Journalist, television presenter and ChildLine founder Esther Rantzen made an appeal for a Minister for Older People to millions of viewers on ITV’s Daybreak programme last week.
Speaking about the difficulty facing many older people in gaining simple advice to save money on their winter fuel bills, she said: “We need a Minister for Older People. We need people to get around a table – just like we did with ChildLine 15 years ago – and we ought to do it again.”
3.5 million older people already live in fuel poverty. Ms Rantzen is working with The Payments Council to promote advice on how older people can save money on their winter bills, as part of their Pay YOUR Way campaign. She continued: “If we really cared about older people, like we do about children, we’d get the experts to set up a proper helpline and tell people how to save money. If you are old, you have lived long enough to get the best service.”
You can pick up a free Pay YOUR Way leaflet at your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau.