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Campaigners are calling on each main events to vow a champion for older individuals of their common election manifestos.

Backing a Commissioner for Older People and Ageing would assist events win the “grey vote”, strain teams say.

The Centre for Ageing Better, Age UK, Independent Age and the National Pensioners’ Convention instructed get together leaders {that a} Commissioner is required to make sure the subsequent authorities takes the wants of the aged under consideration.

The name was additionally included within the Later Life Ambitions manifesto launched in Parliament by Eurovision legend Sandie Shaw. The position would apply to England, with related posts already in place in Wales and Northern Ireland.

Dr Carole Easton OBE, Chief Executive on the Centre for Ageing Better, mentioned: “As political parties will spend the next six weeks trying to convince voters they have the policies to make this country better, we really feel that creating a Commissioner for Older People and Ageing is a manifesto promise all parties can commit to.”

Joanna Elson CBE, Chief Executive of financial hardship charity Independent Age, said: “It has never been more important for people in later life, who often tell us they feel invisible and like their views are ignored, to have an independent champion at the heart of government who can ensure that none of us are left out of the conversation as we age.”

Campaigners say a devoted champion ought to have official powers to research points affecting older individuals and problem age-based discrimination.

They would additionally provide recommendation on authorities coverage and laws.

A House of Commons committee endorsed the thought days earlier than Parliament broke up for the overall election. Caroline Nokes, Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, mentioned the case for such a task was “overwhelming”.

Holding an inquiry this 12 months, the Committee heard that age discrimination continues to be widespread and regarded acceptable by many individuals.

MPs had been additionally instructed there was a “structural problem” inside authorities, which struggles to take the problem severely, whereas kids as younger as 4 imagine damaging stereotypes about older individuals.

Ms Nokes, a Conservative, has written letters to each Labour and the Tory Party urging them to introduce a Commissioner. She mentioned: “Despite the UK’s ageing population and the fundamental challenges and opportunities this presents for government policy, there is insufficient focus on ageing and older people in the machinery of government and wider governance framework.”