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Junior ministers meet with Help the Aged

25 July, 2007

Urgent action is needed to improve the lives of vulnerable older people in our society Sinn Féin Junior Minister Gerry Kelly said today.

The OFMDFM Ministers Gerry Kelly and Ian Paisley jnr today met with representatives from Help the Aged to discuss age related policy issues. They have been given particular responsibility for the co-ordination of policy with respect to older people across government and within the Executive.

Mr Kelly said: "It is our desire to champion, at every level of the decision making process, the cause for older people. We all want to see real and positive improvements in their lives; more co-ordinated health and social care; society affording them more respect, independence and a better quality of life.

"The Office of the First and deputy First Minister has already undertaken to examine the case for a Commissioner for Older People, and we are actively considering how best we can serve the needs of older people," he continued.

"The review is expected to be completed by the end of the year and any decisions will be made in conjunction with our Ministerial colleagues in the Executive."

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