Mayor signs Dignity Code to uphold rights of older people

Signing the Dignity Code.
Signing the Dignity Code.

A code which upholds the rights for older people has won support from Bedford Borough Council.

Mayor Dave Hodgson was joined by members of the Mature Citizens’ Action Group (MCAG) for a formal signing of the Dignity Code which recognises actions that are unacceptable to the elderly.

The signing took place during a ceremony at the Council Chamber on Friday, ahead of the code being launched at the House of Commons on Saturday, February 22.

Cllr Hodgson was also joined by Cllr Colleen Atkins, the council’s Executive member for adult services, who also signed the code.

The Dignity Code is being launched in an effort to uphold the rights and maintain the personal dignity of older people, helping to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of those who are increasingly less able to care for themselves or to properly conduct their affairs.

Pat Horn, secretary of the Mature Citizens’ Action Group, said: “Both Bedford Pensioners’ Group and MCAG welcome the fact that Bedford Borough signed the Dignity Code.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the council to improve matters for older people.”

Cllr Atkins said: “Together, we aim to improve the quality of life of older people living in Bedford Borough. As we deliver services to help individuals live safely and independently, we must also ensure older people are treated with respect at all times and can live their lives the way they choose with meaning and purpose.”

Present at the signing were members of the Mature Citizens’ Action Group (MCAG) Paul Begley, Allen Clark, Pat Horn, Ian Pettit, Stephanie Randolph and chairman Norman Hurst, and Ted Bowen from the National Federation of Pensioners.