The Mayor of London is on record as saying, “we need to be bold and innovative” to ensure the survival of London’s high streets which he calls “the heartbeat of our economy” and which need to be inclusive.
In July this year Raymond Martin, managing director of the British Toilet Association (BTA), described the shortage of public toilets in Britain as a crisis.
The jury is still out on whether we’re over the pandemic. Recovery continues, summer holidays taken by some, but there are still rising cases and as the threat remains measures will need to be
taken in the Autumn with a bumpy ride ahead, even another lockdown could be on the cards.
For many of the UK’s 2.2 million ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ people who were advised to shield at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, leaving home for the first time in many months was a daunting thought.
Dehydration is associated with a higher risk of ill health in older people, from having an infection, a fall or being admitted to hospital.
Age UK London recently hosted its Older Londoners’ Election Hustings 2021 and have also released its Manifesto. We asked the leading London Mayoral Candidates if they would write a blog post for older Londoners. Here we have the fourth piece from Sian Berry, the Green candidate.
We will all have our own memories of the start of this crisis. For me the most vivid was actually not one of the more negative ones. It wasn’t the anxiety I felt, like everyone else, as I grabbed as much office equipment as I could and headed home on the train fearing the worst.
Shortly after COVID arrived, demands were made to use it as the opportunity to do things differently, just as cholera epidemics of the nineteenth century led to clean water supplies and sewage systems. This is summarised as ‘Build Back Better’ — the wake-up call that COVID exacerbated problems, requiring us to come together and plan to improves people’s lives and prosperity.
Before breakfast on Sunday 1st November we learnt that the new funding deal for Transport for London (TfL) did not include cuts or additional restrictions on older Londoners’ travel concessions (primarily the Older Persons’ Freedom Pass and the 60+ Oyster card). The previous 48-hours had been a time of anxious waiting.
The fall in the proportion of older people living in poverty has been one of the great public policy success stories of recent decades. In the mid 90s, it was fairly common to see press stories of older people eking out pensions, huddled under blankets unable to afford fuel, or living on cheap, poorly