Following 137,000 people signing our Grey Pride petition, a delegation went to 10 Downing Street on Monday 28 November to formally call for a Minister for Older People.
Some of the campaign supporters who went along gave interviews to help raise awareness and press home the urgent need to ensure older people’s issues are given higher priority.
Watch our video below to hear why older people’s campaigner Esther Rantzen, the Shadow Minister for Care and Older People Liz Kendall MP, and Anchor Chief Executive Jane Ashcroft, believe we need a dedicated Minister for Older People to join up thinking and put older people at the heart of decision making.
Other campaigners including Grey Priders who have been out gathering signatures explained why they are backing Grey Pride and how they found public support for our cause.
Our petition has put the call for an Older People’s Minister firmly on the Prime Minister’s agenda, and with the start of a new year we want to ensure it isn’t ignored.
The campaign has achieved a lot so far; Labour leader Ed Miliband has already appointed a Shadow Minister for Care and Older People; Baroness Joan Bakewell has called for the government to appoint an independent commissioner to champion older people’s interests and our campaign has the backing of 20 leading organisations.
We believe 2012 could be the year we see even bigger changes for the better. Watch this space for news of how you can help us achieve our campaign goals, and as always we welcome all your suggestions!
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