Press Release

Committee For OFMDFM Welcomes The Announcement Of A Commissioner For Older People

Session: 2007/2008

Date: Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Reference: COFMDFM 13/07

At its meeting today, the Committee for the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister considered the announcement by First Minister and deputy First Minister that they intend to establish a Commissioner for Older People.

The Committee recognises the disadvantages experienced by many older people and therefore welcomes the decision by the First Minister and deputy First Minister to establish a Commissioner for Older People.

The Chairperson, Mr Danny Kennedy MLA said:

“The Committee supports the announcement by the First Minister and deputy First Minister and will be engaging with OFMDFM to ensure that the powers and responsibilities of the Commissioner are capable of delivering real benefits for older people.”

Notes to Editors:

The Committee for the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister is one of the statutory committees established by the Northern Ireland Assembly on 9 May 2007.

A motion was approved in the Assembly on Tuesday 12 June 2007 proposing that the committee’s name be changed from the Committee of the Centre to the Committee for the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.

The role of the Committee as set out in Standing Orders for the Northern Ireland Assembly is “to advise and assist the First Minister and the deputy First Minister in the formulation of policy with respect to matters within their responsibilities as Ministers jointly in charge of the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister.”

Committee Membership: - 
Danny Kennedy, Chairperson 
Naomi Long, Deputy Chairperson 
Martina Anderson 
Tom Elliott 
Dolores Kelly 
Barry McElduff 
Francie Molloy 
Stephen Moutray 
Jim Shannon 
Jimmy Spratt 
Jim Wells

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