November on the Age UK London Opinion Exchange

December 11th, 2013 | Posted by Danny Elliott in Roundup

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 people’s organisations are able to respond to the changing needs of their users.

We hope you enjoyed reading the Opinion Exchange over the last month; thanks also to all those who have commented and offered their opinion.

This month, we want to point you in the direction of our Older People’s Manifesto for the 2014 Local Council Elections opinion. Age UK London is planning to publish an age manifesto for the Council elections and we would really like to hear your views!

London’s borough Councils affect the lives of older people in many ways, including:

  • Social care for adults (and children)
  •  Influencing the NHS through the new  Health and Wellbeing Boards
  •  Housing
  •  Education
  • Transport: Councils pay for the Freedom Pass
  • Leisure services
  • Employment/regeneration
  • Town planning
  • Waste collection

Please comment on this post to send us your views about what should be in the older people’s manifesto for the 2014 London borough elections, by Friday 20 December 2013. Look forward to hearing from you!

Over November, there have been nine new opinions with contributors including Lynn Strother, Gordon Deuchars and Derek Freeman.

The articles include:

The General Medical CouncilWhat is the GMC? On of our two opinions on the GMC answers this question.

The Silver LineA look at the new charity founded by Esther Rantzen.

Winter Has ComeHints and tips on how to stay warm during the colder weather. This is one of a number of opinions on cold weather.

LGBT Senior Ambassadors WantedOpening Doors London tells us how to become on of their Senior Ambassadors.

Home Care VisitsAn Opinion on home care visits and what should be done to improve them.

You can read and comment on any of these articles.

As well as inviting you to read and comment on existing articles, we’d love you to get involved by contributing your own opinions. If you would like to write an article about any subject related to older people in London please email your article, or an idea for one, to Danny Elliott, Communications and Campaigns Officer at Age UK London on

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