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High Streets

PAiL has been mounting a campaign this autumn to ensure that High Streets in London are age-friendly. As London’s recovery looks at regeneration it’s key that thinking about High Street renewal doesn’t forget older Londoners. Its report titled ‘Unleashing the grey pound – older consumers’ contribution to High Street revival’. https://pailondon.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/High-Street-briefingFINAL23Sept.pdf makes the case that the contribution of older people needs more attention particularly as consumers. The report went to all London boroughs, GLA Assembly members, and…

PAiL Updates

We now have a new committee elected at the AGM and subsequent committee meetings which meets once a month. This includes Bridgit Sam Bailey and Tim Whitaker as Vice Chairs and Carol Vincent our Secretary.We are happy for observers to attend these virtual zoom meetings especially if they have something specific to raise or to offer. We meet on the second Wednesday of every month Please contact us at positiveageinginlondon@gmail.com  if you wish to be invited. 

IS LONDON’S RECOVERY GOING TO BE AGE FRIENDLY?

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…

Covid and the climate crisis show why we need a new social contract between old and young

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/feb/25/covid-climate-crisis-new-social-contract-old-young  The problem is not one of intergenerational conflict which this article and the IFS keep peddling but of wealth and class. For the majority of pensioners reliant on stage pensions, their income is less than the tax threshold – £12.5k per year. Over a million women pensioners live on our below the poverty line, often the result of long term caring responsibilities reducing their pension benefits. The real inequality which is rising due to…

Age Friendly London Manifesto Meeting

A meeting via Zoom on Tuesday March 9 2021 from 10am – 12:00 noon Manifesto for our Age-friendly London Chair: Mervyn Eastman, Change AGEnts Agenda 10:00 – 10:30 am Welcome and introduction (Chair) Age-friendly London: The story so far (Sam Mauger, Third Age Trust) Why we need an age-friendly manifesto (Chris Walsh, Positive Ageing in London)  10:30 – 11:00 am  Age-friendly London domains (1-4) Presentations of top priorities for transport, built environment and public spaces,                        health and social care and…

Welcome to 2021?

2021 has unveiled mixed fortunes for older Londoners. The promising news about the roll out of vaccines is very heartening, but older people now face another lockdown in the depths of winter. Above all this adds to uncertainty and the inability to plan lives. So, what needs to happen now in terms of an agenda to give hope to older Londoners. First, we must cope with the effects of lockdown on older people particularly those…

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