We are always hearing about how London has a housing crisis. The Mayor of London has published for consultation  a Draft Interim Housing Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) showing standards which are expected to apply to new housing in London. Consultation is open until 7 August. One of the GLA’s aims in this document is to …
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Today Samantha Mauger, Chief Executive of Age UK London, was a signatory, alongside 163 other groups and organisations, of a letter to the Daily Telegraph celebrating the 66th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. You can read the letter on the Daily Telegraph website. You can find out more by visiting the British …
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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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Positive Ageing in London, the London regional forum on ageing, http://pailondon.org.uk/ is researching the impact on older people  of the ongoing changes in welfare benefits. The introduction of Universal Credit instead of a range of existing benefits, the replacement of Disability Living Allowance with Personal Independence Payments, the so-called “under occupancy charge” for people “under-occupying” …
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You might have been following the debate on improving human rights protection for older people in care homes, as part of the Health and Social Care Bill which is currently going through Parliament. Hard though it is to believe, older people in care homes who have to pay for their own care are currently not protected …
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A public consultation on the Mayor’s Draft London Housing Strategy closes on 17th February 2014. Age UK London will be responding and it would be great to hear from you if you have views and experiences which you would like to feed in. What the Mayor’s team have put in the draft does show awareness of older people …
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NHS England has published a “Call to Action” arguing that major changes are needed to London’s health services: http://www.england.nhs.uk/london/london-2/ldn-call-to-action/ The arguments that major changes are needed include that there is a funding gap because of increased needs for services (for example, because of an ageing population) and changes in technology. Many hospitals, GP surgeries and other …
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On 21 November the annual London Older People’s Assembly organised by LOPSG is taking place at City Hall from 10 am – 4 pm. The theme is “The Economic Contributions of Older Londoners” with afternoon workshops looking at how older people contribute in different ways to London’s economy. Deputy Mayor of London Victoria Borwick will be …
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NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) is looking for older people who use homecare services, and/or carers, to join a Homecare Guidance Development Group. More information is given below and in the website link attached, and you can also contact Barbara Meredith, Barbara.Meredith@nice.org.uk if you have questions not answered on the website. …
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