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10th December 2013

Welsh Government moves to create Declaration of Rights of Older People

The Welsh Government's Deputy Minister for Social Services, Gwenda Thomas, has today (December 10) set out plans for a public consultation on a formal Declaration of Rights of Older People in Wales. The move would be a first for Wales and, if adopted, the declaration would clearly set out the rights of older people in Wales which are underpinned by existing legislation.

Setting out plans for the consultation Gwenda Thomas said: “Human rights and equality are enshrined in the Government of Wales Act 2006. They are essential if we are to achieve our ambition to build a fair and inclusive Wales, and communities in which everyone can participate.

“We must dispel old-fashioned stereotypes of people based on their age, and recognise and value the enormous contributions that older people make in all of our communities across Wales.”

The Older People's Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, who will chair a working group on how the declaration can enhance the rights of older people, welcomed the move. She said: “Introducing a Declaration of Rights for Older People in Wales would mark a significant step forward and would provide a clear framework and standard that can be used by older people themselves to ensure that they receive the support and services they need to live fulfilled, independent lives.

“The Declaration will also, for the first time, provide clear expectations to those who are responsible for the development and delivery of public services about how to support and engage effectively with older people across Wales."

What would a declaration or rights do for older people?

  • Under the proposals, the declaration would make clear to statutory bodies and service providers what older people’s expectations are and what their rights are when accessing and using services.
  • It would also help older people to understand their rights more effectively and how they relate to current equality and human rights laws in Wales.

How can I have my say?

The public consultation opens on December 16. To find out how to make your views known visit the Welsh Government's consultations page.

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