Westminster must heed commissioner The UK government should be
forced to listen to the Welsh commissioner for older people,
charities have said.
The Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill, which received its
second reading in the Lords last week, does not oblige the
government to respond to concerns raised by the commissioner over
UK-wide matters like pensions and benefits.
The commissioner only has the right to raise issues with the Welsh
assembly, which can pass them on to the UK government to
Age Concern Cymru’s Sarah Stone, said: “The [UK] government should
at least make a publicly available response of some kind to what
the assembly says.”