Time for for a new UK narrative on ageing

Campaigning for the rights of older people

**NEWS: Immediate Release**

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Time for for a new UK narrative on ageing – and for appointing a champion for older people in England

A National Pensioners’ Convention webinar was shocked to hear evidence of ageism and human rights breaches against older people during the pandemic (3rd December).

Speakers from several leading research organisations told of multiple, long-term failures in social care policy – exacerbated by underlying ageist attitudes – which led to tragedy during the pandemic.

And there were warnings that the lessons from the first lockdown in the care of older people in care homes and in their own homes have not been learned, with a second tragedy just around the corner.

The webinar Chair, NPC General Secretary Jan Shortt said: “This webinar was an important discussion on hugely important issues surrounding ageism in the UK, and its impact on human rights and hate crime against older people.

‘Our speakers provided stark insights into what happened during the pandemic, with evidence of the very real, and heart-breaking effects on our oldest and most vulnerable. What we learned is that the problems have been building for some time, and that the pandemic has sadly served to highlight them.