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Government 'should appoint OAPs' tsar'

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 15, 2012

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THE Swansea-raised outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury has told the Government it should consider appointing a pensioners' tsar in England to help address the challenges posed by an ageing society.

In his final speech, Dr Rowan Williams said ministers should consider following Wales in appointing a commissioner for older people as the quality of life of older people was a "pressing and still largely ignored" issue.

Dr Williams, who pointed to work done by Ruth Marks, Older People's Commissioner for Wales, said: "We are becoming dangerously used to speaking and thinking of 'an ageing population' as a problem, a burden on the public purse and private resources alike.

"We should see questions of dependency as basically about how our public policy and resourcing seeks to preserve both dignity and capacity among those who may be increasingly physically challenged but remain citizens capable of contributing vital things to the social fabric."

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  • Neathboy234  |  December 16 2012, 11:16PM

    siarad2 had your pension at 65, u lucky boy. Wife at 60. Think yourself thankful u don't have to wait until your 68!

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  • siarad2  |  December 16 2012, 9:27PM

    @Neathboy234 Pensioners have contributed all their lives, in my case 49 years but get nothing for the 10 years overpayment but the rest of which you speak haven't, indeed some not at all. Further it's not pensioners who're pushing up inflation by raising prices but working people. I imagine your pension is calculated on contributions but not state pensioners who've overpaid. I doubt you have signed a waver on your future pension not to inflation proof it. I was told it was a criminal offence to retire early as far as N.I. was concerned but now some people can so do. A lot of pensioners are suffering a large drop in income, myself included, by the drastic drop in bank rate so mortgages can be cheap which is equivalent to a pay rise, all in it together, don't make me laugh

  • Neathboy234  |  December 16 2012, 11:30AM

    On the face of things OAP's have done very well of late. Nice little pay rise every year whist the rest of society is lucky to see any extra. Earlier this month everyone else who are claimants off the government was limited to just 1% for the next few years. Not the old though, so much for we're all in this together. I think this needs to be looked at ASAP. It wouldn't though as the grey vote id far to important to all the political parties.

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  • Gwyddno  |  December 15 2012, 8:09PM

    Stork I think that, in his final speech to the House of Lords, the Archbishop of Canterbury called for England to have someone similar to the Older People's Commissioner for Wales. Many people have decribed Dr. Williams as being Czarcastic but, I doubt if he wants an Emperor. Full speech and Summing-up link: http://tinyurl.com/d75ktz7 If you can find the word tsar or czar in the speech I'll donate £10 to Help the Loaded.

  • Stork  |  December 15 2012, 6:27PM

    Why do OAPs require an Emperor, and a Russian one at that ?

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