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Ageing well? Meeting the challenge in our towns

February 4, 2019

By 2046 there will be seven million more people aged over 65 in the United Kingdom, but the changing demographics will impact differently in villages, towns and cities of Britain in ageing. Services will need to plan for the differential pattern of ageing if a crisis is to be averted.


Housing for older people

July 25, 2018

This report from the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee on housing for older people makes a number of recommendations which recognise the scale of diversity in older people’s housing needs and preferences; it concludes that a national strategy is required rather than the current piecemeal arrangements.


Concessionary travel schemes

March 12, 2018

What are the economic and wellbeing benefits of the national concessionary travel scheme and what are the issues over its costs and usage? An evaluation provides key evidence and findings.


Housing an ageing population

December 7, 2017

In common with most of the developed world the UK is ageing rapidly. Suitable housing is of critical importance to our health and wellbeing. As leaders of place, councils must take a greater strategic approach to enhance the housing and lifestyle choices for people in later life.


Briefing: UKactive: Moving More, Ageing Well.

November 28, 2017

UKactive’s report Moving More, Ageing Well looks at the physical and wider social benefits of active ageing, and outlines the opportunities and challenges associated with increasing advice and provision for physical activity for older people.



Loneliness and social isolation in older people

February 22, 2016

Feelings of loneliness and social isolation are particularly acute for older people. How can councils combat loneliness? This briefing summarises recent research on this critical issue and considers the effects of loneliness on health and services. It also looks at the evidence for different interventions.


Celebrating older people

October 1, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

Today is Older People’s Day in the UK and the UN International Day of Older Persons and this weekend it’s grandparents day.  I’ve spent the last year or so deep into social care policy. Frankly, it’s all been a bit doom and gloom. Key to Care focused on the grim…


Update on the Care Act

August 13, 2015

Following local government representations the government decided to postpone implementation of some of the Care Act, notably the cap on contributions and the increase in the threshold. What are the implications and will the savings made by the delay be used as additional funding for social care?


Integrating health and social care: The Better Care Fund and its chances for success

January 13, 2014

The Integration Transformation Fund has been renamed the Better Care Fund and the final guidance, planning templates for local Better Care Plans and good practice tools have been issued, available variously on the websites of: ◾the LGA ◾NHS England. This policy briefing summarises and comments on the guidance, drawing on…