West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper met with older people from across the country at an event in Parliament organised by the charity Age UK.
The ‘Age Champions’ event was the charity’s annual summer reception and highlighted the challenges of an ageing population and opportunities in later life.
MPs heard how they can tackle issues affecting older people in West Lancashire and across the country, including loneliness and isolation, social care and ?the importance of a decent income.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“It was great to join so many of my colleagues at Age UK’s annual reception in Parliament, the event was a brilliant opportunity to discuss the work they’ve done in the last year and set out an ambitious vision for the future.
“I was really encouraged to see so many other members taking these issues seriously- I hope that as Parliament goes on more and more of my colleagues join me as an Age Champion MP.
“I’ve been championing older people’s issues for the 12 years I’ve been an MP and I’m committed to continuing my efforts in West Lancashire.
“I’d urge any of my constituents that feel they need support to get in touch with me about the issues that affect you as an older person.”
Speaking at the event, Age UK Chief Executive, Tom Wright CBE, said:
“I am delighted to say that we now have over 130 Age Champion MPs from all sides of the House and I hope that many others will want to join as this Parliament proceeds.
“This new Parliament offers a great opportunity for policymakers to work together with organisations like Age UK with a view to ensuring that every older person can live with dignity and enjoy a fulfilling later life.
“Issues like the fragility of our social care system and the chronic loneliness that affects too many are not going away and our older population badly needs us to find solutions for them.”
The event also heard from Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke, who spoke about the Department’s work, as well as the challenges and opportunities of an ageing population.
Throughout the event MPs learned more about how Age UK can help them to improve the lives of older people in their constituencies and make the most of their role as an ‘Age Champion’.
For more information about your local Age UK and Age UK’s work more generally please visit www.ageuk.org.uk ?