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CHAMPION OF THE PEOPLE; COUNCILLOR TO FIGHT FOR THE OVER-FIFTIES IN CITY.



Byline: ROB BRADY Bra·dy   , James Buchanan Known as "Diamond Jim." 1856-1917.

American financier and philanthropist who gained his nickname because of his attraction to diamonds and his extravagant lifestyle.

Noun 1.
 

OLDER people living in Liverpool Liverpool, city (1991 pop. 448,300), NW England, on the Mersey River near its mouth. It is one of Britain's largest cities. A large center for food processing (especially flour and sugar), Liverpool has a variety of industries, including the manufacture of electrical  have a council champion.

Cllr Frank Roderick Roderick (rŏd`ərĭk), d. 711?, last Visigothic king in Spain (710–711?). After the death of King Witiza, a group of nobles chose Roderick, duke of Baetica, as successor to the king.  has been chosen to promote a better deal for Liverpudlians aged over 50.

He will join more than 20 other champions selected from health organisations and other groups in the city.

It is part of Tony Blair's Better Government for Older People initiative.

Each local authority must match the Prime Minister's appointment of a government Champion for Older People.

Liverpudlians have one of the lowest life expectancy Life Expectancy

1. The age until which a person is expected to live.

2. The remaining number of years an individual is expected to live, based on IRS issued life expectancy tables.
 rates in the country, according to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 figures from the Office of National Statistics.

Men in the city live to an average age of 71.69 years and women to 76.97. The national average is 75.20 for men and 80.1 for women.

Cllr Roderick, a 48-yearold Lib Dem LIB DEM Liberal Democrat(s) (UK political party)  member who represents the St Mary's ward, will speak up for the elderly at council meetings and represent the authority at age-related forums.

He says one of his priorities is to improve the way people are treated when they approach the council for help.

Cllr Roderick said: "I'm guided by the fact that as you get older and you lose your health, you require help and find yourself in someone else's hands. I want to reach the point where older people don't worry about contacting such things as social services social services
Noun, pl

welfare services provided by local authorities or a state agency for people with particular social needs

social services nplservicios mpl sociales 
.

"We need to treat them as customers and explain to them what they will actually get from us and how long it will take. I want to see people make use of our leisure services, libraries and life-long learning initiatives.

"I use our libraries and I get help from social services. I'm disabled and I know how difficult it can be to get out and about. I'm not afraid to shout about what's right and what's wrong. I am here to help make a difference to people."

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CAMPAIGNER: Cllr Frank Roderick is the Champion for Older People
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 28, 2001
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