Debate on the welfare of older people


AM's were united in welcoming the older people commissioner's annual report during plenary on 21 January 2013.

The report, entitled 'Making Wales a Good Place to Grow Older, Not Just for Some But for Everyone' outlines the work done by the commissioner between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2012.

AM's paid tribute to the work of the current commissioner Sarah Rochira and also acknowledged the achievement of the previous commissioner Ruth Marks.

The older people's commissioner is responsible for supporting 700,000 people aged 60 and over in Wales.

According to the study, 110,000 of those live below the poverty line; this figure is larger than the 80,000 quoted who rely solely on the state pension for their income.

AMs were united in highlighting the importance of recognising the needs of older people.

Liberal Democrat Aled Roberts tabled three amendments to the motion to note the review.

His party called on the government to work closer with the commissioner, to better monitor the dignity and care of older people and to develop a strong advocacy service for older people in Wales.

The Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services Gwenda Thomas said she was happy to accept the Liberal Democrats' amendments, adding that several mechanisms were already in place.

She also said that the forthcoming social service bill will include strengthened provision towards safeguarding and adult protection.

The motion as amended was unanimously agreed.

Darllenwch hwn yn Gymraeg

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