Our campaign calling for a dedicated Minister for Older People has achieved huge support.
If your organisation would like to support the campaign, you think a particular celebrity would like to help raise awareness, or you have contacted your local MP, please get in touch with our Communications team. (Custom form)
Celebrities backing the campaign
Celebrities with Grey Pride! These famous faces have all signed our petition calling for a dedicated Minister for Older People, and spoken out to help raise awareness of Anchor's campaign.
"We elderly are a crucial sector of society. Crucial because we vote. Crucial because we are growing in numbers. Crucial because we are a resource...Now is the time for us to have a real fighting champion, our own minister."
"The collective experience and wisdom of Britain's older generation brings enormous value to our society, and it is high time that people of all ages appreciate the role over-60s can play in our workplaces, communities and families.
I join Anchor in calling on our Government to create a dedicated Minister for Older People to give all people in their Golden Age a champion at the highest level."
"I've been a campaigner for the infirm elderly over the past ten years, and have become only too aware of how easy it is for those in authority to marginalise old people and ignore their needs. Today the elderly population is growing as budgets grow tighter. We need a robust voice at ministerial level to ensure that they can spend their last years in dignity, not distress."
"As a fully qualified member of the older generation on and off screen, I fully empathise with Anchor's Grey Pride campaign to appoint a Minister for Older People. It would be a big step in securing the support needed for older people to truly enjoy their twilight years.
It is important that older people have a clear voice at the highest level of Government, especially when they represent such a significant and growing proportion of the population.”
"Whether on or off screen, growing old is one of the few certainties in life, so it makes perfect sense that Government should install a dedicated Minister for Older People. Anchor’s Grey Pride campaign is justifiably raising this point at the highest level, furthermore, its success will hopefully ensure that the needs and concerns of older people of the current and future generations are adequately looked after."
“I am happy to support the Grey Pride campaign as it stands to improve the lives of so many people in this country. Hopefully, the appointment of a Minister for Older People will relieve some of the anxieties associated with growing old by making sure older people are being looked after at the very heart of Government. After all, old age is a part of life and should be something people look forward to and celebrate, not fear."
“The rapid ageing of our population is an unprecedented phenomenon and it is far from clear that policymakers have thought through the enormity of the implications.
I strongly endorse Grey Pride’s appeal that, one way or another Whitehall, Westminster and the devolved administrations simply must make Britain’s ageing a major and consistent political priority."
“Getting old is a part of life, so I fully support the call for a Minister for Older People; we need someone to look after the interests of us more mature folk. An ageing population, combined with cuts to pension pots and concerns over how to fund care for the elderly,means it's more important than ever that older people's needs are being addressed in Parliament by someone who can see the full picture. And remember, getting older is not an exclusive club, we are all members and it comes quicker than you think."
“It’s time us grumpy old women and our grumpy old men had someone to look after us. We've spent our lives looking after our families now it's our turn."
"It's great to get involved in a very important cause."
Politicians backing the campaign
Our campaign for a Minister for Older People received cross-party backing with MPs from all the major parties signing our Early Day Motion, petition and publically calling for a Minister for Older People.
Adrian Sanders - Torbay - Signed EDM
Alan Beith - Berwick-Upon-Tweed - Signed EDM
Albert Owen - Ynys Môn - Signed EDM
Alan Campbell - Tynemouth - Backed
Alex Cunningham - Stockton North - Signed EDM
Alison McGovern - Wirral South - Signed EDM
Alison Seabeck - Plymouth Moor View - Backed
Andrew George - St Ives - Signed EDM
Andrew Love - Edmonton - Signed EDM & Petition
Andrew Smith - Oxford South - Backed
Andrew Stephenson - Pendle - Signed EDM
Andy Burnham - Leigh - Backed
Angela Watkinson - Hornchurch & Upminster - Backed
Ann Coffey - Stockport - Signed Petition
Austin Mitchell - Great Grimsby - Signed EDM & Petition
Bill Esterson - Sefton Central - Signed EDM
Bob Blackman - Harrow East - Backed
Bob Russell - Colchester - Signed EDM
Bridget Phillipson - Houghton & Sunderland South - Signed Petition
Caroline Dinenage - Gosport - Backed
Caroline Lucas - Brighton Pavilion - Signed EDM
Catherine McKinnell - Newcastle North - Signed Petition
Clive Betts - Sheffield South East - Signed EDM
David Amess - South West - Signed EDM
David Anderson - Blaydon - Backed
David Crausby - Bolton North East - Signed EDM
David Heyes - Ashton under Lyne - Signed EDM
David Miliband - South Sheilds - Signed Petition
David Simpson - Upper Bann - Signed EDM
David Ward - Bradford East - Signed EDM
Debbie Abrahams - Oldham East & Saddleworth - Signed EDM & Petition
Dr William McCrea - South Antrim - Signed EDM
Emma Reynolds - Wolverhampton North East - Signed EDM
Esther McVey - Wirral West - Signed Petition
Fabian Hamilton - Leeds North East - Signed EDM
Fiona Bruce - Congleton - Backed
Frank Field - Birkenhead - Signed EDM
Gary Streeter - South West Devon - Signed EDM
Gerald Kaufman - Manchester Gorton - Signed EDM
Graeme Morrice - Livingston - Signed EDM
Graham Allen - Nottingham North - Signed Petition
Graham Brady - Altrincham & Sale West - Signed EDM
Graham Stringer - Blackley & Broughton - Signed EDM
Grahame M Morris - Easington - Signed EDM
Greg Mulholland - Leeds North West - Signed EDM
Hazel Blears - Salford & Eccles - Signed EDM & Petition
Hilary Benn - Leeds Central - Signed Petition
Iain Wright - Hartlepool - Signed EDM & Petition
Ian Lavery - Wansbeck - Signed EDM
Ian Mearns - Gateshead - Signed EDM & Petition
Ian Swales - Redcar - Signed EDM
Jason McCartney - Colne Valley - Backed
Jeffrey Donaldson - Lagan Valley - Signed EDM
Jenny Chapman - Darlington - Signed EDM & Petition
Jim Cunningham - Coventry South - Signed EDM
Jim Dobbin - Heywood & Middleton - Signed EDM
Jim Dowd - Lewisham West & Penge - Signed EDM
Jim Shannon - Strangford - Signed EDM
Joan Ruddock - Lewisham Deptford - Signed EDM
Joan Walley - Stoke-on-Trent North - Signed EDM
John Hemming - Birmingham Yardley - Signed EDM
John Leech - Manchester Withington - Signed EDM
Jon Cruddas - Dagenham & Rainham - Signed EDM
Jonathan Reynolds - Stalybridge and Hyde - Backed
Julie Hilling - Bolton West - Signed Petition
Karl Turner - Kingston upon Hull East - Signed EDM
Kate Green - Stretford and Urmston - Backed
Kelvin Hopkins - Luton North - Signed EDM
Kevan Jones - North Durham - Backed
Kevin Barron - Rother Valley - Signed EDM
Lady Hermon - North Down - Signed EDM
Lilian Greenwood - Nottingham South - Backed
Linda Riordan - Halifax - Signed EDM
Lindsay Hoyle - Chorley - Backed
Lindsay Roy - Glenrothes - Signed EDM
Lorely Burt - Solihull - Signed EDM
Margaret Ritchie - South Down - Signed EDM
Margot James - Stourbridge - Backed
Mark Durkan - Foyle - Signed EDM
Mark Hunter - Cheadle - Signed Petition
Mark Williams - Ceredigion - Signed EDM
Martin Caton - Gower - Signed EDM
Martin Horwod - Cheltenham - Signed Petition
Mary Glindon - North Tyneside - Signed EDM
Mike Hancock - Portsmouth South - Signed EDM
Neil Parish - Tiverton & Honiton - Signed EDM
Nic Dakin - Scunthorpe - Signed EDM
Nick de Bois - Enfield North - Publically backed
Nigel Dodds - Belfast North - Signed EDM
Pat Glass North - West Durham - Signed EDM
Paul Farrelly - Newcastle Under Lyme - Signed EDM
Paul Flynn - Newport West - Signed EDM
Paul Goggins - Wythenshawe & Sale East - Signed EDM
Penny Mordaunt - Portsmouth North - Signed EDM
Peter Bottomley - Worthing West - Signed EDM
Rehman Chishti - Gillingham & Rainham - Signed Petition
Richard Burden - Birmingham Northfield - Signed EDM
Robert Syms - Poole - Signed EDM
Ronnie Campbell - Blyth Valley - Signed EDM
Rosie Cooper - West Lancashire - Signed EDM
Rosie Winterton - Doncaster Central - Signed Petition
Sam Gyimah - East Surrey - Signed Petition
Simon Danczuk - Rochdale - Signed EDM
Stephen Gilbert - St Austell & Newquay - Signed EDM
Stephen Lloyd - Eastbourne - Signed EDM & Petition
Steve McCabe - Birmingham Selly Oak - Signed EDM
Steve Rotheram - Liverpool Walton - Signed EDM
Teresa Pearce - Erith & Thamesmead - Signed EDM & Petition
Tim Farron - Westmorland & Lonsdale - Signed EDM & Petition
Tom Blenkinsop - Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland - Signed EDM
Tony Cunningham - Workington - Signed EDM & Petition
Tony Lloyd - Manchester Central - Signed EDM
Tracey Crouch - Chatham & Aylesford - Signed EDM & Petition
Vince Cable - Twickenham - Backed
Organisations backing the campaign
Our campaign calling for a dedicated Minister for Older People is supported by a wide range of organisations working for older people, read their quotes below.
We are also supported by Independent Age, Your Care Rating and the Over 50's Parliament.
Dementia UK comments:
"Dementia UK has joined the growing number of people and organisations calling for a dedicated Minister for Older People. A Minister will help to give older people a voice in Government in order to protect the services and promote issues that specifically affect them."
Martin Green, CEO of Care England:
“Anchor’s Grey Pride campaign is something that every citizen in 21st Century Britain should support and subscribe to. This century will be above all a century of older people. Older people have much to celebrate and a lot to contribute to society and they are at the very heart of localities and communities. I support Anchor’s desire to see older people move from the sidelines to where they belong – at the centre of policy and national life. I believe that the appointment of a Minister for Older People would give a focus to the contribution older people make to society”.
National Care Forum:
“Congratulations to Anchor for taking the initiative to launch the Grey Pride campaign to raise the profile of older people amongst parliamentarians. Our ageing society is something to be celebrated, not feared. The appointment of a Minister for Older People would be a powerful statement of intent to acknowledge the value of people as they grow older. As an organisation committed to quality care and support services the National Care Forum is proud to support Grey Pride to improve the well-being of older people.”
Simon Bottery, Director of Policy and External Relations, Independent Age:
Independent Age are pleased to be supporting the Grey Pride Campaign calling for a Minister for Older People. All of us have a responsibility as individuals to champion the rights of older people and to highlight the qualities they bring to our families, communities and organisations. It’s vital that government also plays its part by championing the contribution of older people, recognising their needs and coordinating the services and policies that affect them."
Care Management Matters:
"Care Management Matters is a great supporter of the Grey Pride campaign. There are over ten million people aged 65 or over in the UK and the appointment of a dedicated Minister for Older People would ensure that their needs are better understood and represented in parliament."
The Grandparents’ Association:
“The Grandparents' Association continually applauds the support that older people give to their family. All too often we forget that the older generation contributes to the fabric of society and the designation of a Minister with responsibility for Older People would ensure that they receive the recognition that they deserve.”
Brendan Barber, General Secretary, TUC:
"A Minister representing the needs of older people would be welcomed. We are therefore delighted to support the Grey Pride Campaign. With increasing longevity – which is to be welcomed – our aging population are facing a range of issues, including pressing concerns around long-term care, which need a strong voice in government."
Steve Groves, CEO, Partnership:
“Partnership, the specialist retirement income provider and long term care insurer, is delighted to support the Grey Pride Campaign calling for a Minister for Older People. Older people play an extremely significant part in our society. A Minister for Older People would ensure that their needs are championed, and remove the present risk that their concerns are undervalued or simply lost between the competing demands of different departments of state.”
Action on Elder Abuse:
"Action on Elder Abuse is pleased to support the petition for a Minister for Older People, older people deserve dignity, respect and protection and we as a Charity who work with older people, see on a daily basis the abuses that happen to older people. It is essential that they have a voice and the government gives them the support they need. Please get involved, and make a difference."
Howard Phillips, Chief Executive, McCarthy & Stone:
“McCarthy & Stone backs Grey Pride because there is a better way to support older people. The elderly face challenges with their pensions, their health, their long term care and importantly with their housing. A dedicated Minister for Older People can join up Government thinking, create an environment where ageing is viewed as a positive and deliver better homes and supportive communities for those in later life. Ageing can be a good thing, so let’s make it happen.”
AgeUK special advisor Mervyn Kohler said he supported the call for a dedicated minister for older people, provided the position had real influence and power. He said: “I think that’s a good idea. I think we do need a minister, or at least some authority, someone who can join up the dots.”
The Chief Fire Officers Association:
"The Chief Fire Officers Association is committed to working with partner agencies to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged older people and prevent deprivation in later life. Consequently, the Association is keen to support all those seeking to achieve these important objectives and as such we are happy to lend our support to Anchor's Grey Pride campaign."
Jimmy Deuchars, Manager and Co-Founder, Grandparents Apart UK:
"Congratulations to Anchor for calling for a very much needed dedicated Minister for older people. It's time to bring about changes and raise the profile of older people."
Tim Breedon, Group Chief Executive, Legal & General Group Plc:
"Helping people to save and plan for their retirement is a central part of what we do. We have supported the progress the Coalition Government has made in encouraging pensions savings through initiatives such as auto-enrolment and the work undertaken by the Commission on Funding of Care and Support under the leadership of Andrew Dilnot. Most people are aware that they should save for their old age and that they will need to make contributions to the cost of their care in later life but they need a clear path, set out by the Government, that shows them how the costs will be divided fairly between themselves and the state. I believe that a Cabinet Minister for Older People could help to drive the resolution of these issues and that is why Legal & General is supporting Anchor's timely and much needed campaign."
Mike Parsons, Founder & CEO, Barchester Healthcare:
“Barchester Healthcare is pleased to support the Grey Pride campaign, calling for a senior Minister for Older People. As one of the leading quality care providers we are fully supportive of any initiative that acknowledges, and celebrates, the value older people contribute to society. A Minister for Older People is a step in the right direction."
Paddy Brice, Managing Director, Richmond Villages:
"This is a great initiative and we whole heartedly endorse the need to appoint a Minister for Older People. With a rapidly ageing population, it is essential that this vital group of people is given a voice within Government so that their needs and views are heard."
Nick Sanderson, CEO, Audley Retirement Villages:
“We fully support Anchor’s call to secure a dedicated Minister to represent older people. This is the fastest growing demographic, who are more ambitious for the future, healthier and living longer than any generation before this point. For far too long this age group have been underrepresented in government and by policy makers.”
Ken Nolan, Chairman of Springhill Care Group:
“All the information being gathered for the future tells us that the lot of the older person from the age of 60 plus with healthcare needs is going to get tougher and tougher. We want to help this campaign and highlight some of the major issues facing older people now and in the future. This is a major national issue, and we believe it warrants a visible commitment from the Government.”
Anna Lunts, Chief Executive of Creative Support:
“Creative Support provides personalised services to adults of all ages with support needs and passionately believes in promoting dignity and respect for older people. We are very proud to be part of the Grey Pride initiative.”
Tina Wathern, Older LGBT Housing Group Co-ordinator of Stonewall Housing:
"Stonewall Housing is delighted to support the Grey Pride campaign for a designated Minister for Older People. We look forward to a more inclusive future for older lesbian,gay,bisexual and trans people."
Mary Baker, Founder of DropBy:
"DropBy is proud to support Grey Pride and to encourage the Government to appoint a Minister for Older People. Older people are valuable members of our society and should be recognised as such. Our Mission Statement is "We all have the right to be valued to the end of our life and to live out our years in peace, with care, with love, and with dignity." As the number of older people in society grows we need to ensure that our voice is heard with increasing strength in Government circles and beyond."
Denise Keating, Chief Executive, Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion:
“Our ageing society is one of the biggest issues facing this country and a significant one for employers. We’re proud to support Anchor’s campaign for a Minister for Older People to sit in the Cabinet to ensure that a response to demographic change is a top priority for Government."
Roger Turner, General Secretary, The National Federation of Occupational Pensioners:
“The NFOP is supporting the Grey Pride Campaign calling for a Minister for Older People and asking MPs to support the motion in the House of Commons this Thursday 28th June.”
Dominic Fraser-Smith, Managing Director, TheRetirementCentre.com:
“TheRetirementCentre.com, a retirement specialist, is pleased to be able to give their support to the Anchor Grey Pride campaign in calling for a Minister for Older People. Retirees are currently facing a cruel reality of falling Annuity rates, low saving income and many are retiring with debt. It is time for a co-ordinated approach led by a Minister to not only assess the impact of Government policy but also to listen to the voices of our older generations.”
Neil Burgess, founder of Curahq.com:
"Curahq.com fully supports the call to appoint a dedicated Minister for Older People. Older people represent a significant, and growing, proportion of our society and it is important their views are represented with the focus and strategic direction only a dedicated representative can bring."
Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of Grandparents Plus:
“We need a minister for older people who can champion the huge contribution that older people make to society and in particular to family life. More than 6 out of 10 grandparents spend time caring for their grandchildren. Research shows grandparents are net contributors to families until they reach the age of 75. It’s time for us to focus on that positive contribution.”
Chris Millington, Group Director Brand and Marketing Strategy at Doro:
“Doro is proud to be supporting Anchor’s Grey Pride campaign. We firmly believe that a Minister for Older People will be beneficial to us all as our ageing population grows. This demographic is often forgotten about and as such, we feel that representation in parliament is essential to ensuring that relevant care and support is delivered to this group.”
Stephen Burke, director of United for All Ages:
“Our ageing population has implications for people of all ages. You can never start too early to prepare for later life. We need to maximise and recognise the contributions that young and older people make to our society and to each other. A Minister for Older People will benefit all generations.”
Douglas Quinn, Chairman of Your Care Rating:
"There is a blatant inequity whereby there is a government minister for children and a children’s commissioner, yet no equivalent for older people. We stand shoulder to shoulder with Anchor in their Grey Pride manifesto and call upon the government to appoint both a minister and commissioner for older people.
As the largest and most authoritative survey of care home residents in the country, we know and understand the issues which are important to care home residents. And top of the list are having a say in the care they receive and being listened to. Having a dedicated minister and commissioner for older people would give them a voice at the heart of government."
Lawrence Tomlinson, Chairman of Ideal Care Homes:
“Anchor’s Grey Pride campaign highlights many of the very pressing issues we face in an aging society. Older people deserve quality services that meet their expectations and it seems only right that they are well represented with a dedicated Minister and Commissioner who can consider their needs holistically across Departments. With the demographic pressures of an aging society growing, we need to work together to create a pull out of hospital into settings that provide quality care, thereby reducing pressure on the NHS by offering care in more appropriate, and desirable, surroundings.”
Nick Bunting, Secretary General of the RAF Association:
“The RAF Association is backing Anchor’s Grey Pride campaign calling for a Minister for Older People. In our support of the whole RAF family, we help a large number of older people. Their needs can be many and complex, so someone in government dedicated to ensuring their issues receive the parliamentary time they deserve is essential.”
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