Clwyd West Assembly Member Darren Millar has been announced as the winner of the latest ballot for non-Government legislation with his proposal for an Older People’s Rights Bill.
Assembly Presiding Officer Elin Jones announced the results of a ballot last week to decide the next Members’ Bill, and Darren’s proposal for an Older People’s Rights Bill was chosen, meaning he can now put his suggestion before the Assembly for a debate and vote on whether it can proceed for further consideration.
Darren’s Bill aims to: promote ageing well; place a due regard duty on public bodies – such as the Welsh Government, local authorities and health boards – to further enshrine the rights of older people into Welsh law; and place a duty on the Welsh Government to promote knowledge and understanding of the rights of older people.
“I am absolutely delighted my proposal has been chosen. I have been calling for older people’s rights to be enshrined in Welsh law for a long time. In 2012 I brought forward a short debate on older people’s rights and two years later I called on the Welsh public sector to abide by the UN Principles for Older Persons.
"Whether it's in terms of their economic contribution, their volunteering or the hours of childcare provided by grandparents, older people make a huge and positive contribution to Wales.
"Welsh Ministers already have a duty to pay regard to the rights of children and young people when making decisions, a similar duty should exist when it comes to the rights of older people.”