I was delighted to attend the launch of the Later Life Ambitions, on 2nd September2014, where I joined over 150 people at the House of Commons to hear about the pressing need to listen to the voice of pensioners in the build-up to the next election.
By 2030, there will be almost 13 million people in later life - aged 65 or over. Later Life Ambitions brings together the collective voices of over a quarter of a million pensioners and sets out a ‘manifesto’ for the future that takes into account the aspirations of today’s pensioners, but also looks to the next generation of older people.
At the event, I pledged to listen to and express the views of pensioners in my constituency, and to consider the policy recommendations in the Later Life manifesto.
The campaign organisers, the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners, the Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance, and the National Association of Retired Police Officers Association, are hoping that members of the public will become involved in the campaign as it progresses and are asking people to sign up to their pledge via the website www.laterlifeambitions.co.uk and by following their twitter feed @laterlives. You can also take part in an online survey or submit experiences or views via post or email.
I am committed to supporting pensioners in North West Norfolk and look forward to supporting Later Life Ambitions in the months ahead, I hope that you will also want to get involved.