Sure Start to Later Life: ending inequalities for older people
final report from the Social
Exclusion Unit, published on 26 January 2006, details cross-government
policy to address the exclusion, poverty and isolation experienced
by older people. Drawing on the Sure Start model created for children
and families, the aim is to locate a single, accessible gateway
to wide ranging services in the community, where potential problems
can be identified quickly and prevented from becoming worse.
pilot programme called 'Link-Age Plus' funded by the Department
for Work and Pensions will test out the Sure Start approach for
older people. The schemes will operate for two years in Devon, Gateshead,
Gloucestershire, Lancaster, Leeds, Tower Hamlets in London, Nottinghamshire
and Salford Councils. Age Concern, Help the Aged, the Local Government
Association and other groups are part of a steering group to oversee
the scheme. The model will also be piloted through other programmes
including Partnerships for Older People Projects, Local Area Agreements
and supported by the White Paper on Primary and Community Care.
The directors of adult services are to be given responsibility for
addressing social exclusion among older people.
government action covers a range of initiatives to promote inclusiveness
plan to increase take-up of entitlements, and review definitions
and indicators of pensioner poverty in relation to the the 2007
Comprehensive Spending Review
guidance as part of the White Paper on Primary and Community Care
on improvement of the take up of services amongst older people
on a commitment to provide greater focus on joint commissioning
between health and social care, and better integration with other
local goverment services
the role of advocacy in delivery of services
flexible transport that meets older people's needs
smoke alarms and sprinkler systems
for a new government Office for Older People and Ageing Policy
with responsibility for an observatory on ageing
development on carers and analysis of participation by older people
in sport, culture and leisure will be published later in 2006
on housing and older people in late 2006 and 2007
documents linked to the final Social Exclusion Report report provide
further background information.
Miliband's speech on 'Older
People, Active Communities'
which identifies the economic case for preventative services
has published the National Centre for Social Research's secondary
analysis of ELSA data
relating to the theme of social exclusion.