John Healey MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, today launched Labour's review of its policies for older people, saying that the aim was "a fair and fulfilling quality of life for all" in old age.
Led by John Healey, the review will be overseen by an advisory group with membership drawn from charities, academia, think tanks and the health and care professions. It will look to understand what people are most concerned about as they are in, or approach, retirement.
It will also cover: what older people expect from core services, including the NHS and social care; consider 'quality of life' issues, such as the contribution older people can make to society; and how we can ensure fair support for all older people and for future generations.
In addition to the changing demographics of the UK population, the next 25 years are expected to give rise to many different needs among older people in Britain and the next generation of retirees. The number of older people will rise twice as fast as the working age population, while the number of over-75s is set to increase by over 75%.
Launching the review, John Healey said:
"Those already in retirement and those who will form the next generation of retirees have many needs and concerns relating to their relationships with front-line public service professionals; their role among families, neighbours and communities; and their dignity and independence in old age.
"By both considering these concerns and also understanding how best to make sure that older people benefit from new technology and design innovations, Labour’s review will seek to identify a fair and fulfilling quality of life for all in old age.
"I am pleased that the members of the advisory group have signed up as independent experts from within and beyond the Labour movement. They will play a vital role, and their considerable knowledge and experience will be invaluable to our policy development."