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Aled Roberts appointed Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Older People

January 22, 2013 10:51 AM

Aled Roberts, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for North Wales, has been appointed spokesperson for older people for the Assembly group. The move comes ahead of the debate on the Commissioner for Older People's annual report that will be debated in the Assembly on Tuesday afternoon.

During the debate, Aled Roberts, Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Older People will

  • call for the Welsh Government to work more closely with the Older People's Commissioner for Wales in the development of the strategy for older people in Wales
  • call on the Welsh Government to develop clear mechanisms to monitor the dignity and care of older people
  • call on the Welsh Government to respond to the recommendations within the 'Voice, Choice and Control' report to develop a strong, independent advocacy service for older people in Wales.

Commenting on his appointment, Aled Roberts AM said:

"It's essential that older people in Wales have voices from all political parties in the Assembly representing them. Given that Wales has a high proportion of older people than the rest of the UK, it is even more important that we voice their concerns to the government. I am proud to have been chosen to take on this role.

"For too long, older people in Wales have been ignored by the Welsh Labour government. In addition to formalising this position of responsibility, we are also calling on the Welsh Labour government to work more closely with the Older People's Commissioner in developing the strategy for older people, create schemes to monitory dignity and care and develop a strong and independent advocacy service in Wales."