DONCASTER MP Rosie Winterton has given her support to plans for a minister for over-60s after meeting residents at a borough care home.
A campaign called Grey Pride, run by old people’s housing and care provider Anchor, wants senior citizens to have a dedicated voice in Parliament.
Ms Winterton met residents at Anchor’s The Laurels home, in Thorne Road, to discuss the campaign, and sign a petition which will be sent to the Prime Minister.
She said the over-60s, who she described as older people, make up around 40 portion of voters, but have no dedicated Government minister.
She said: “Older people already make up 25 per cent of the population and life expectancy is set to increase as people live happily into older age.
“I want to ensure that older people living in Doncaster are represented at the highest political level and enjoy dignity and respect in their later years.
“Creating a dedicated minister for older people and launching Grey Pride is a step towards ensuring that.”
Jane Ashcroft, chief executive of Anchor, added: “Within the Government’s equality agenda there is a dedicated minister for women, the disabled and children, but none for older people, who represent nearly 25 per cent of the population.
“Anchor’s Grey Pride campaign will redress the balance.”