There are danger signs that older people are being left out of London’s Recovery despite submitting ideas for an age-based recovery in the summer.
Positive Ageing in London (PAiL) has been a great supporter of the importance of the London Recovery Board and its aim to help London recover from Covid and tackle deep seated problems.
Previously we’ve raised the Board the need for a recovery plan for older Londoners and the need for there to be a mission on older people. The London Recovery Board dismissed having a separate mission for older people but stated that equalities would be a cross-cutting principle running across all the missions on the assumption that missions would look carefully at older people and recovery.
However, PAiL has undertaken a careful assessment of all the published mission action plans (https://pailondon.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LRBmission-plan-assessments.pdf) in terms of older people and it is disappointing that older Londoners are not figuring in these plans, almost to the point that they have become a forgotten and neglected group in London’s Recovery.
Yet older people have suffered from the pandemic and there are important needs which should be addressed and in particular key evidence and research which appears not to have been utilised.
PAiL is urging the joint chairs of the London Recovery Board – Mayor Sadiq Khan and Georgia Gould the Leader of Camden Council – to urgently address our concerns and ensure that the mission action plans properly deal with the issues facing older Londoners.