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PAIL/ LAFF Age-Friendly Priorities for the London Mayoral elections

PAIL in partnership with our fellow members of the London Age Friendly Coalition, including the GLF, Age UK London and the 3rd Age Trust produced a series of key priorities following an agreement by each of our Domain working groups as to the three – 5 most important issues in each field.  We have now circulated them to all the main parties and candidates for Mayor and the GLA  25 assembly members asking for their endorsement. So…

An Update On PAiL’s Mayoral Campaign

PAIL is working in partnership with Age UK London and has endorsed their age-friendly manifesto just as they are supporting our London Age Freindly coalition key priorities. Please do use the action pack they have developed here, plus have a look at the replies that have been received by some candidates. PAIL is actively seeking endorsement from candidates for mayor and GLA assembly positions (see our letter here) and have received a positive reply from the Liberal Democrats…

How Leading London Mayoral Candidates Would Make London A Better Place For Older People

Here’s what leading Mayoral candidates have told AgeUK London about how they (if elected) would make London a better place for older people. Mandu Reid (Women’s Equality Party) ·         Blog ·         Q&A video Shaun Bailey (Conservatives) ·         Blog ·         Q&A video Luisa Porritt (Liberal Democrats) ·         Blog ·         Q&A video (Caroline Pidgeon AM on behalf of Luisa Porritt) Sian Berry (Green Party)  ·         Blog ·         Q&A video Sadiq Khan (Labour) ·         Blog There is also a recording of our hustings if you missed it. In…

Older Londoners Incomes Are Lagging Behind The Rest of the UK

Despite widespread perceptions of an affluent London, new government statistics show that that the income of older Londoners after housing costs lags behind the rest of the UK. In 2020, UK pensioners had average incomes (after housing costs) of £331 per week. The data (Pensioners’ Incomes Series: financial year 2019 to 2020 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)) shows that on average, pensioner couple incomes were lowest in London, where incomes were 11% below the UK average. But single…

Older Workers Face Rising Unemployment In London Due To Coronavirus

The research conducted for London Councils (https://londoncouncils.gov.uk/our-key-themes/economic-development/employment-support/detailed-study-unemployment-london ) provides different forecasts about unemployment.  One “core scenario” forecast has an unemployment rate of 9.4% by December – just under half a million. But if you look at potential universal credit claimants, the numbers affected may be higher up to 671,000. London has had more of its workers furloughed than the rest of the UK which also leads to uncertainties about what will happen when this support ends. …

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