Dr Simon Hoffman to take leading role promoting older people’s human rights in Wales

On International Human Rights Day (10th December) the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, has called on the next Government of Wales to introduce legislation that will protect and promote the rights of older people so they can live free of abuse, neglect, ageism and discrimination, participate fully in their communities and thrive in older age.

Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, said: “Moving towards a rights based approach to service delivery in Wales is essential to ensure that the rights of older people can no longer be overlooked or ignored by those providing services.”

The Commissioner has brought together a group of experts from across the public, legal and third sectors, as well as older people, to support her work to determine what could be included within the proposed legislation and how it would work in practice. The Commissioner will chair the group. Dr Simon Hoffman will act as Vice Chair and will take a leading role in examining the options for legislation.

For further information about the work of the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales and this proposed legislation, please visit http://www.olderpeoplewales.com/en/news/news/15-12-10/Next_government_of_Wales_must_make_rights_real_for_older_people.aspx#.Vmlf8qNFAdU

The findings of the expert group will be presented to the new Welsh Government in 2016.