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1st October 2016

International Day of Older People – minister's pledge on older people's rights

Rebecca Evans, minister for social services and public health, has issued a statement detailing the Welsh Government's commitment to older people and strengthening their rights on the International Day of Older People today (October 1).

Ms Evans, pictured right visiting St Nicholas House, near Montgomery, Powys, said: "This is a government that values older people and the contribution they have made - and continue to make - within our communities.

"As a government we have listened to what older people have said is important to them," she continued. "We know older people want to stay active and engaged in their own homes and within their local communities for as long as possible. We also know older people want to have voice and control over their lives and to contribute, to and make decisions about, their life as they grow older.

"We will ensure our ground-breaking legislation is fully implemented and all the benefits are realised. We want Wales to be a fair society and will continue our work with all protected groups to counter discrimination. In terms of potential future legislation, the First Minister has had initial discussions with the Older People’s Commissioner in relation to strengthening the rights for older people."

Rebecca Evans' statement on older people in Wales

To read the full statement, go to the Welsh Government website.

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