On Thursday 13 June, members of the House of Lords debated the case for the provision of free public transport and television licenses for older people as a means to alleviate loneliness and isolation, and the need to maintain well-funded public services.
Members taking part included a governor of the Pensions Policy Institute and a former member of the Lords Intergenerational Fairness and Provision Committee.
This was a general debate. They normally take place on a Thursday in the chamber. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government's attention to concerns.
The debate was proposed by Lord Foulkes of Cumnock (Labour), former director of Age Concern Scotland.
Members taking part included:
Lord Ashton of Hyde (Conservative), parliamentary under-secretary of state in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, responded on behalf of the government.
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