Minister of State for the Family, Elderly People and Adult Care visits London [fr]
London, 10 February 2015
The French Minister of State for the Family, Elderly People and Adult Care, Laurence Rossignol, visited London on Monday 9 February.
The Minister gave a keynote speech at a conference at Chatham House, which looked at how societies can meet the health, policy and economic challenges of global population ageing. The other keynote speakers at the conference were Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund and UN Under-Secretary-General, and Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England.
Whilst in London, the Minister had a bilateral meeting with Norman Lamb, the Minister of State for Care and Support, to discuss what France and the UK are doing to adapt to and support older people. The Minister also met with Sam Gyimah, Under Secretary of State for Childcare and Education, to discuss childcare provision and support for parents.
The Minister’s day concluded with a visit to Age UK Camden, a voluntary organization serving the interests of older citizens of the London Borough of Camden. She was greeted by Janet Guthrie, Chair of Age UK Camden and Tom Wright, CEO of Age UK. Whilst there, she met people taking part in the charity’s befriending service, a programme for socially-isolated older people who are experiencing dementia or memory impairment. The Minister also visited the computer training workshops, where she met with volunteers and elderly people who are learning how to use computers and the internet.