Steve Supports Calls for Minister for Older People(February 01, 2015)
With less than 100 days until the election, Liverpool, Walton MP Steve Rotheram has reafirmed his support for the Grey Pride campaign, backing calls for a Minister for Older People.
The Grey Pride campaign is led by Anchor, the largest not-for-profit provide of care and housing for older people in the UK.
New research undertaken by Anchor and YouGov shows that with a matter of months left until the General Election, 93% of over 55s are likely to vote and 84% believe that there should be a Minister at Cabinet level with responsibility for older people. A substantial 26% of older people said they have still not decided which party to vote for.
Liverpool, Walton MP Steve Rotheram said:
“More than a quarter of my constituencts are older voters so I hear first-hand about the problems they face which is why I have consistently supported the introduction of a Minister for Older People. I wil delighted when Ed Miliband appointed Liz Kendall to the post of Shadow Minister for Social Care and Older People and I look forward to this position being developed further in a new Labour Government.
"It’s really important that we can recognise and respond to the needs of older people, particularly as we are facing an increasingly ageing population.
“A Minister for Older People in the new Labour Government would be able to focus the country's attention on planning a better response to our ageing society, representing the views and needs of older people in Liverpool Walton and across the UK.”