London has set up a London Recovery Board composed of London’s leaders from local government, business, the community, education, and essential services to coordinate plans for recovery from COVID 19. The Board has drafted eight “missions” – broad challenges and objectives in different areas – to help guide the work programme for a future recovery plan which will be in place to help cope with the pandemic. https://www.london.gov.uk/moderngovmb/documents/s67563/Item%206%20-%20Recovery20Board%20Missions%20Slides.pdf and the Board want to get your views about these. Feedback can be sent on line through Talk London which you need to register to join – for the instructions please see: https://www.london.gov.uk/talk-london/communities-regeneration/londons-recovery-starts-you?utm_source=partners&utm_medium=community&utm_campaign=Missions082020&utm_content=BOWmissions
PAiL has been lobbying for older people’s needs and voices to be fully taken on board in this recovery. We’ve produced our own London Recovery Plan – see attached (XXXX) which sets out challenges facing older people and solutions which went to the London Recovery Board. We believe that all older peoples needs should be taken into account in shaping the best recovery plan and that we don’t want to be grouped into a category called “vulnerable” and forgotten in recovery.
Feedback to the missions on older people so far has been helpful to ensure that older people are catered for in recovery. But it’s important that we get a wider range of older people’s needs communicated to the London Recovery Board as there is no specific mission for older people – though there is one for young people. Decision makers need to know that recovery has to take on board older people. So please respond as soon as possible with your views.