Seventy-two organisations join together to call for an independent Commissioner for Older People in England.
Seventy-two organisations have joined together to call for the creation of an independent champion for older people in England.
They include Independent Age, Age UK, the Centre for Ageing Better and the National Pensioners Convention say creating the role of Commissioner for Older People and Ageing would bring England in line with Wales and Northern Ireland, which have had a commissioner for more than 10 years.
In a recent YouGov poll commissioned by Independent Age, nine in ten (89%) of people aged 65 and over said they would support the creation of a commissioner. The Centre for Ageing Better says the commissioner could cover everything from pensioner poverty and digital inclusion to health and social care issues, including health-related work problems that lead to drop-out or impede people’s ability to work.
Dr Carole Easton, Chief Executive at the Centre for Ageing Better, said: “In 2021, 200,000 more people celebrated their 50th birthday than their 18th in the UK. In 20 years’ time, one in four people will be over 65.
“At present, we are not prepared for the complex social and policy challenges this demographic change will bring. As a result, the growing inequality in older age groups we are currently seeing will only get worse.
“To meet the needs of older people both now and in the future to ensure we can all be supported to age well, we need a much more ambitious and strategic response. We believe a Commissioner for Older People and Ageing will help deliver the long-term planning needed to reshape our economy and public services for the future and for the benefit of the whole country.”