We’re just over halfway through Age UK London’s project to raise awareness and find solutions for older private tenants in London. We’ve heard a lot from older people about the conditions they live in and their concerns for the future. This research has led us to ask a series of questions: What are the main areas of concern for older private tenants? What changes could be achievable and would help these older renters? What can be done in London, and what would need national legislation?
Later this month we expect to see the publication of the latest “excess winter deaths” statistics, which will show how many older people (and others, but predominantly older people) died unnecessarily last winter. These facts should be a reminder to us that winter is coming and we need to support older people who have trouble heating their homes. As we do every winter, Age UKs in London will be working to help older people keep warm and stay healthy. What will other bodies be doing to make sure people in fuel poverty are able to do the same? Nationally, there […]
Attendance Allowance is a weekly payment that allows disabled older people to meet some of the extra costs that they face. It is a lifeline for over a million older people, allowing many to go on living independently in their homes. Now the Government is proposing to devolve it to local Councils instead of distributing the money centrally as happens at the moment. It is part of a consultation on local government finance, following the decision to allow Councils to keep 100% of local business rates – link to consultation open till 26 September. This is worrying for more than […]
We’re really glad to have had contributions from four leading London Mayoral candidates to our blog, and if you haven’t read them yet I ‘d suggest you do – they are all making thoughtful and constructive suggestions for how the next Mayor can support older Londoners.
At the same time as our 25 February Mayoral hustings we also launched our own Manifesto “Making London a Great Place to Grow Older” Based on consultation with older people, it gives our proposed priorities for the next Mayor.
Key asks include digital inclusion, making London’s housing age friendly and making transport in London accessible to all. We thought it was important to pick out and highlight a small number of areas where the Mayor can clearly make a difference, although we have also made recommendations in other areas because the Mayor has a wide-ranging role and an important voice in national debates.
We’ve launched ‘Making London a Great Place to Grow Older’, Age UK London’s manifesto for the 2016 Mayoral and Assembly elections and you can read it here. We’ve also just held a hustings event with Mayoral candidates Sian Berry (Green), Zac Goldsmith (Conservative), Sadiq Khan (Labour) and Caroline Pidgeon (Liberal Democrat). In the near future we hope to have contributions from Sian, Zac, Sadiq and Caroline on this blog.
We’ve just run an Open Space event with the London Fairness Commission to test whether older Londoners think London is a fair city and what should be done to make it fair, or fairer. The Commission is an initiative supported by several major London funders to find out what Londoners think about this and present the findings to 2016 Mayoral candidates. You can find out more on the London Fairness Commission website.
Any idea that ‘pensioner poverty has been solved’ is challenged by figures in the 2015 edition of “Households Below Average Income” (HBAI) published recently by the DWP and covering up to 2013-14.
Across the UK, 1.6 million pensioners (14%) were considered to be in ‘relative low income’ and 1.9 million (16%)…
Age UK London is starting a new campaign called “Tell Me!” to improve the information older people get from Councils and the NHS to help access vital public services. We hope to work with older people and local organisations to develop this campaign, which comes from our Your Priorities consultation on older Londoners’ top asks for change. In that consultation, two of the three aspects of life with which the older people responding felt most unhappy were the information they received from local authorities, and their ability to access computers and the internet. You can see the connection between these […]
What do we know, or think we know, about loneliness among older people? In this series of posts so far we’ve mainly looked at specific local experiences, so I’m simply going to point out a few of the main pieces of research about loneliness and social isolation in older people. Firstly, loneliness is far too common among older people. Recent research for Age UK shows that over 1 million older people in the UK say they sometimes or always feel lonely. This is particularly striking because it is often thought to be difficult for people to admit to feeling lonely. […]
Following hard on the heels of Gary Jones and Mel Wright’s posts about tackling social isolation and loneliness in Camden, The Guardian Social Care Network has just reported on a study suggesting that older and disabled people in London are more isolated and lonelier than in the rest of the country: http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2014/jul/08/london-older-disabled-loneliest-care?CMP=twt_gu This is part of a larger survey of 75,000 adult social care users in England. So it does not take account of loneliness/isolation affecting older people who don’t receive services. London in general comes out as having a higher than average level of social isolation. Hackney has the […]