A HUDDERSFIELD pensioners' leader has backed a nationwide vote on the Government's policies towards older people.
The poll is being held amid claims that pensioners are being treated like second-class citizens.
The National Pensioners' Convention accused ministers of not listening to concerns about delays in restoring the link between pensions and earnings, rising fuel bills and lack of adequate public transport.
The closure of post offices and the continuing cost of social and long-term care also worry older people.
The referendum will run until the end of April.
Barbara Hanson, secretary of Huddersfield and District Pensioners' Organisation said: "This is a fantastic idea that will give everyone the chance to have their say.
"Elections only come every five years and people are always moaning about the way older people are treated. This gives them a chance to do something about it."
The age referendum will give young and old the opportunity to register their view on whether they are satisfied with the Government's policies towards older people.
Organisers say a huge response will force ministers to tackle the concerns. The result will be announced on May 8.
A website has been set up for people to vote on. It is at www.agereferendum.co.uk
Individuals can call the Convention on 020 7553 6510 for a voting paper or phone Ms Hanson on 01484 844955.