September 3, 2011

UK: Elderly residents push for “Grey Pride”

WIRRAL, England / Wirral News / News / September 2, 2011

By Helen Hunt, Liverpool Echo

ELDERLY residents in Wirral are backing a “Grey Pride” campaign to appoint a dedicated minister for older people.

Pensioners living at Hoylebank, a housing scheme in Darmonds Green, West Kirby, stress that older people are fast becoming one of the largest groups in the country – making up 40 percent of voters, but yet there is no government minister dedicated to their well-being.

Wirral West MP, Esther McVey, who was visiting them, backed their calls and signed their petition. Miss McVey said:

“People deserve to be treated with dignity and respect in old age and I believe it is important to safeguard these principles by providing the necessary support to those people in most need of help.

“I believe creating a dedicated minister for older people will ensure that older people are represented at the highest political level.”

Grey Pride is a national campaign launched by Anchor Housing, which runs Hoylebank. The group is aiming to have over 100,000 signatures on the petition by the autumn , when it will be presented to government.

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