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Old people's campaign wins care home support

A leading UK care group is joining a campaign for a Minister for Older People to put the growing issues of the elderly on the map. The Springhill Care Group believes action at government level is urgently needed to focus on the issues facing the growing population of older people, including issues of resourcing good quality care, housing and financial issues. The national campaign called Grey Pride has won the backing of more than 100,000 names in a petition calling for a dedicated Minister for older people to be created in government.  Ken Nolan, chairman of Springhill Care Group, based at Accrington, Lancs, said: “We are joining the lobby to establish a dedicated Minister for Older People, and by that we mean commitment at government level to these issues. “All the information being gathered for the future tells us that the lot of the older person from the age of 60 plus with healthcare needs is going to get tougher and tougher.  “We want to help this campaign and highlight some of the major issues facing older people now and in the future. This is a major national issue, and we believe it warrants a visible commitment from the Government.”

The appointment of Liz Kendall as the first Shadow Minister for Care and Older People in October of last year marked a high point in the campaign to persuade politicians to pay more attention to our ageing society.  There are now over 14 million people in the UK aged 60 and above, more than the number under 18. The number of people aged 60 or over is expected to pass the 20 million mark by 2031, and there are expected to be more than a million people with dementia by 2021. Springhill Care Group is supporting the national campaign and a North West Mayor, Councillor Colette McCormack, Mayor of Hyndburn, who is also helping to spearhead the initiative. She said: “We believe this issue is so important, and growing all the time, that it needs representation at the highest level in terms of policy and legislation.”