I read with interest in The Argus that Brighton and Hove City Council was having trouble getting older people to stand for election to the Older People's Council (OPC) (June 2).

Surely this is because they are still on the city council?

Is it not time we either abolished the OPC or had a retirement age on our city council of 60?

This would would make way for fresh blood and make the council more active and less like a day centre for the elderly.

I can understand older councillors' reasons for wanting to stay, what with the huge allowances they receive to supplement their pensions but it's these same councillors who will want more money and be grabbing more of an income from us, the long suffering public, by increasing the allowances.

-Mr Bell, Hove