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Commissioner for Older People Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

2. General powers

This would provide the Commissioner with a ‘General Power’ which allows the Commissioner to do anything related to the Commissioner’s functions, unless it is specifically prohibited within this or other legislation. Importantly, the Commissioner will be enabled to co-operate with other bodies in the UK and elsewhere. This will enable the Commissioner to build relationships, avoid duplication and cooperate well with other bodies in order to provide a strategic approach to addressing those issues of interest to or affecting older people.  OFMDFM will draw to the Commissioner’s attention the importance of the Commissioner making every effort to agree memoranda of understanding with relevant and appropriate organisations.  A joined-up approach will ultimately better protect the rights and interests of older people as well as ensuring efficient use of resources.

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