Government 'should appoint OAPs' tsar'
THE Swansea-raised outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury has told the Government it should consider appointing a pensioners' tsar in England to help address the challenges posed by an ageing society.
In his final speech, Dr Rowan Williams said ministers should consider following Wales in appointing a commissioner for older people as the quality of life of older people was a "pressing and still largely ignored" issue.
Dr Williams, who pointed to work done by Ruth Marks, Older People's Commissioner for Wales, said: "We are becoming dangerously used to speaking and thinking of 'an ageing population' as a problem, a burden on the public purse and private resources alike.
"We should see questions of dependency as basically about how our public policy and resourcing seeks to preserve both dignity and capacity among those who may be increasingly physically challenged but remain citizens capable of contributing vital things to the social fabric."