Older People’s Minister petition handed to Downing Street

Glenn Conway, Esther Rantzen, and Jane Ashcroft, chief executive of Anchor
Glenn Conway, Esther Rantzen, and Jane Ashcroft, chief executive of Anchor

A HOUSING manager has handed in a petition to Downing Street calling for the appointment of a Minister for Older People.

Glenn Conway, who works at Mount Pleasant Court in Manor Road, was part of a delegation who presented the Grey Pride petition, which has been signed by more than 137,000 people across the country.

He was accompanied by celebrity Esther Rantzen, Anchor’s chief executive Jane Ashcroft, and other members of staff.

Mr Conway was chosen to represent Anchor, which owns Mount Pleasant Court, at the petition hand-in because he had collected hundreds of signatures while doing a 40-mile sponsored walk from Hastings to Brighton in September.

He said: “Lots of cuts are happening during this time of austerity, and it’s important that older people’s views are heard when decisions are made about issues that affect them.

“We want a Minister for Older People with access to Cabinet so that the voices of the elderly are taken into consideration when ministers make decisions on such issues as library closures, care funding and pensions.”

In addition to the 137,000 people who signed the petition, the campaign has been supported by 94 MPs.