Welcome to the latest Age UK London Opinion Exchange Update! The Age UK London Opinion Exchange is a new website from Age UK London. It is part of the organisation’s ‘Fit 4 Purpose’ project, which is funded by London Councils. The Opinion Exchange features opinion pieces and discussion forums to trigger debate and ensure older …
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Apart from the well-known issue about the behaviour of some bus drivers,  people have sometimes told us about problems boarding the bus or waiting for the bus. This could either be because the bus didn’t pull right up to the bus stop, or sometimes because of the design or construction of the bus stop itself. …
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Chapter 7 of the Care Act 2014

September 30th, 2014 | Posted by Irene Kohler in Care | London | Older People - (0 Comments)

As someone involved in supporting older people through independent advocacy, I read chapter 7 of the Care Act 2014 with interest. The theme running throughout is that people must be consulted and involved in their assessments and care plans. Local Authorities are charged with arranging independent advocates to facilitate the involvement of a person in …
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When Andrew Dilnot first published his report on the future of care, there was widespread support, both for the general direction he was setting, and for the fact that at long last, we thought we would get a long-term and sustainable approach to the funding of social care. Sadly, there is often a massive divide …
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Transgenderism

September 30th, 2014 | Posted by Ola Satchel in LGBT | London | Older People - (0 Comments)

On Women’s Hour on 7th August there was a small piece on transgender with the primary speaker being Sheila Jeffreys, of whom I have not heard but since then a lot of people I have spoken to have knowledge of her and none have a particularly positive thing to say. She was allowed to make …
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We Are All in it Together

September 29th, 2014 | Posted by Lynn Strother in London | Older People - (1 Comments)

“We are all in it together.” Do you remember those words? How often have you heard that statement over the last few years? But we are not all in it together – we never have been and this is demonstrated by the obscene  salary rise of 10% MP’s have given themselves. Apart from being way …
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Cyclists on Pavements

September 29th, 2014 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Cycling | London | Older People | Transport - (0 Comments)

Yes – that old chestnut is back on the agenda! Do you think the situation has got worse? I certainly do, and most cyclists appear to be colour blind i.e. not understanding what ‘red’ means when we are trying to cross on a green man; and when you ask them if they are colour blind …
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On 2 October Transport for London are holding  a free public exhibition and conference about disabled and older people’s access to transport, and you are invited! More information and how to register follows below. I’ve been invited to be in a panel debate about the future of door to door transport in London.  It would …
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As we know the government is totally into switching – banks, service providers – it is the new buzz word for the government and in some cases forcing people to switch when they don’t want to. But is it always the best thing? Do we all have the time to fiddle around and deal with …
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