Barbara addressed a conference on Friday at the Broadwalk Centre in Salford, attended by 100 local people and staff from organisations supporting older people.
Barbara spoke to the meeting about proposals in the government’s Pensions White Paper and then answered questions and took comments.
Barbara is Parliamentary Private Secretary to a Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions.
“I was pleased to talk to the Salford Older People’s Forum about pensions, as it is an important issue. Over a quarter of people in our community are over 55 years old and their concerns are vital.
“At the conference we talked about the government continuing to help the poorest pensioners and about making the pensions system simpler and fairer. This is particularly important to improve the pensions of women and carers.
“We also talked about the ability of younger people to save for their retirement, through the new low cost savings accounts that the government is proposing.
“The important points and questions raised at the Forum will be taken back and referred to ministers as part of the consultation process.”
Sharon Brearley, of Age Concern Salford, commented:
"Age Concern welcomes the White Paper. The Director General of Age Concern England has said that there is an historic opportunity for a just settlement on pensions."
Beryl Murray Chair of the Salford Older Peoples Forum added:
“I thought the meeting was very good; it covered a lot of points which will be of great concern in the future.”
Local pensioner Daisy Shortman said:
“I found the forum very interesting and educational. It was good to get out and learn more about our pensions system.”
Barbara with Beryl Murray (Chair) and Francis Taylor (Acting Deputy Chair), Salford Older People’s Forum