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New alliance targets age discrimination

New alliance targets age discrimination

A new umbrella group has been launched in an effort to combat age discrimination.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has unveiled the Age Action Alliance, which aims to improve the lives of older and disadvantaged individuals and combines bodies from the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Announced to coincide with Older People's Day celebrations, the initiative has the backing of David Cameron, who noted people are currently living longer and enjoying more active lives.

The prime minister - who is also the MP for Witney - said the nation must do more "to reach out to older generations, not only to help the most vulnerable but also to understand their needs better and recognise the important role they play in society".

He added many older people carry out significant work in the community and claimed he would like to see a lot more young adults following in their footsteps through schemes such as volunteering.

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Posted by Chris Stevenson