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Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland [edit|edit source]

The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland is a non-departmental public body established under the Commissioner for Older People Act (NorthernIreland) 2011[1]. Under such legislation the Commissioner has unique legal powers and duties that are setout with the aim to safeguard and promote the interests of older people. The current Commissioner for Older People is Claire Keatinge. Status[edit]The Commissioner's office is set up as a non-departmental public body, established by the Commissioner for Older People Act (Northern Ireland) 2011.TheCommissioner has a number of legal functions and powers directly linked to the legislation.The Commissioner and her office are sponsored by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.The Commissioner is independent, whose principle aim is to safeguard and promote the interests of older people. A summary of the Commissioner's duties and general powers[edit]Duties[edit]·        To promote awareness of the interests of older people in Northern Ireland·To keep under review the adequacy and effectiveness of the law asit affects the interests of older people·   To keep under review the adequacy and effectiveness of services provided to older people by "relevant authorities"·        To promote the provision of opportunities for and the elimination of discrimination against older people·        To encourage best practice in the treatment of older people·        To promote positive attitudes towards older people and encourage participation by older people in public life·        To advise the Assembly, the Secretary of State and a relevant authority on matters concerning the interests of older people·        To take reasonable steps to communicate with older people General powers[edit]·        Make arrangements for research or educational activities concerning the interests of older people·        Issue guidance on best practice in relation to any matter concerning the interests of older people·        Conduct investigations for the purpose of any of her functions·        Compile and publish information concerning the interests of olderpeople·        Provide advice or information on any matter concerning the interests of older people


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