SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has attended the launch of the Later Life Ambitions campaign at Westminster and has pledged to listen to the voice of pensioners in Derry in the build-up to next year’s General Election.
By 2030, there will be almost 13 million people throughout Britain in later life – aged 65 or over.
Later Life Ambitions brings together the collective voices of over a quarter of a million pensioners and sets out a “manifesto” for the future that takes into account the aspirations of today’s pensioners, but also looks to the next generation of older people.
Mr Durkan said was “delighted” to support the work of Later Life Ambitions in raising awareness of older people’s issues, and their core aim of ensuring a fair, active life for pensioners.
He added: “With over 10 million people alive today who are expected to live to be 100 years old, I am calling on the government and local authorities to do all they can to tackle the social and economic challenges facing older people and ensure a positive, ambitious future for further generations.”
Mr Durkan concluded: “In addition to signing a parliamentary motion which draws attention to the campaign, I have also pledged to consider the policy recommendations in the Later Life manifesto, as well as listen to and express the views of pensioners in Derry.”
The campaign organisers are hoping that members of the public will become involved in the campaign as it progresses and are asking people to sign up to their pledge via the website www.laterlifeambitions.co.uk