Successful Cities, Positive Ageing, 16 March
Together with the UK Age Friendly Cities
Network, Greater London Authority and Manchester City
Council, we jointly held this event attended by older
people, policy makers and local practitioners from all over
the UK and Ireland. It aimed to spread best practice on how
cities and local authorities respond to ageing and to help
build the Age Friendly Cities Network.
After a scene-setting session, the
conference included talks on the built environment, culture
and economic development. Local experiences of developing
age friendly communities, policy problems and new
movements for change were discussed.
Speakers included Deputy Mayor of London
Victoria Borwick, Lord Bichard and Professor Anthea Tinker
of King’s College London who launched the report ‘An Age Friendly
City: How Far Has London Come?’. There was also a panel of
London Assembly members Victoria Borwick, Caroline Pidgeon
MBE, Jenette Arnold OBE and Darren Johnson. Professor Chris
Philippson of Manchester University discussed approaches to
overcoming the objective economic and social obstacles to
creating age friendly communities.
The programme, presentations, speaker
biographies and other information can be found on the PAiL website.
Welfare Reform: Older Londoners’
Perspectives – 24 February 2015
Positive Ageing in London and Age UK London
launched a research report to investigate and challenge the
idea that those above state pension age are ‘protected’
from welfare reform, while also looking into the effect of
changes on the under-emphasised group of ‘younger-old’
Londoners who are below state pension age but over the age
Ben Donovan, Policy and Research Officer at
Age UK London, wrote the report and launched it at an event
in Southwark. Case studies showed the impact of benefit
changes on older people of different ages and
circumstances, focussing particularly on Housing Benefit
and employment support.
Paul Bivand, Associate Director of Analysis
and Statistics, Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion
and Paul Treloar, Advice and Rights Team Manager, Child
Poverty Action Group both responded to the launch of the
report. A lively discussion followed with members of local
older people’s groups raising further concerns and urging
strong action as a result.
You can read and download the full research
report on the PAiL website.