Older persons minister needed for Blackpool

Coun Christine Wright
Coun Christine Wright

Blackpool Council is backing calls for a minister for older people to be appointed by the Government.

The chief executive will write to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, after voting in favour of a notice of motion put to full council by Coun Christine Wright.

Coun Wright said in her written statement: “There is currently a minister for disabled people who works successfully across government to ensure disabled people are not disadvantaged in any way, and is a model that could be replicated to ensure that older people are treated similarly and fairly, including those in the Blackpool area.

“The equalities minister also has cross government responsibilities for strategy and legislation.

“The gap between the remit of the health and pensions ministers needs to be addressed to deal with the unprecedented demographic change that underpins the transformation of the economy, training, work and social care.”