Response to publication of Covid-19 Reconstruction: Challenges and Priorities
Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Heléna Herklots CBE, said:
“Whilst there are elements of the document which are to be welcomed – including reference to support for older workers, action to tackle fuel poverty and support for the NHS for non-coronavirus conditions – I was shocked and disappointed that older people were not explicitly recognised as a group that has been disproportionately impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We know that the pandemic has had a significant impact on many older people throughout Wales, particularly those who are most vulnerable, and it is crucial that the Welsh Government recognises this in their approach to reconstruction and recovery.
“I am also concerned that the document does not recognise that older people are important contributors to Welsh society and our economy, and that they have a critical role to play in Wales’ recovery and future.
“I have written to the Counsel General to outline my concerns, and have requested a meeting to discuss the action needed to ensure that every generation feels recognised and valued and older people can be full participants in Wales’ reconstruction and recovery.”