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This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the debate to be held on 14 December 2012 on the place and contribution of older people in society. This Library Note considers what is meant by the term ‘older people’ and which age groups it covers. It then presents three examples of areas in society where older people make a contribution: in the workforce, the role they play in their communities and as providers of childcare. The Note concludes by considering the suggestion that the Government should appoint a Minister for Older People.


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