Commissioner's Role

The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales protects and promotes the rights of older people throughout Wales, scrutinising and influencing a wide range of policy and practice to improve their lives. She provides help and support directly to older people through her casework team and works to empower older people and ensure that their voices are heard and acted upon. The Commissioner’s role is underpinned by a set of unique legal powers to support her in reviewing the work of public bodies and holding them to account when necessary.

The Commissioner is taking action to end ageism and age discrimination, stop the abuse of older people and enable everyone to age well.

The Commissioner wants Wales to be the best place in the world to grow older. 

The Older People’s Commissioner: 

  • Promotes awareness of the rights and interests of older people in Wales.
  • Challenges discrimination against older people in Wales. 
  • Encourages best practice in the treatment of older people in Wales. 
  • Reviews the law affecting the interests of older people in Wales.

The Commissioner has a wide range of legal powers to support her in delivering the change that older people want and need to see. For further information about the Commissioner’s legal powers, please click here.