Age Action Alliance Weekly Members News – 19th February 2018
Weekly Members News – 19/02/2018
Opportunities for Action
London’s Silver Economy: Older Workers, Employment and Economic DevelopmentPositive Ageing in London, Wise Age Ltd and Age Platform (UK) are organising a free, half-day conference and focus group to discuss the benefits and needs that older working age people (50+) bring to London through their paid and unpaid work.
The Mayor of London’s draft plan for an inclusive and growing economy is currently out for consultation. The focus group discussion will inform Positive Ageing’s formal response to the Mayor’s consultation. Key questions we will explore include:
How can the mayor help to tackle age discrimination in the workplace?
How can the economic strategy tackle the entrenched long-term worklessness in the older working-age population?
What type of localised skills system is needed to help adult learners in London?
What could the mayor do to support older Londoners back into work?
The Independent reports on recent research from insurer Zurich UKwhich indicates that over a third of people working in the booming gig economy who are above the age of 55 say that they are drawn to temporary jobs to ease the transition into retirement.
New from NICE: People’s experience in adult social care services
With the over 85’s being the fastest growing section of the population, resolving the issue of funding of long-term care is becoming ever more urgent. Yet despite more than twenty years of Royal Commissions and expert reviews, we seem to be no nearer to a solution.
A Green Paper is expected in the coming months which will undoubtedly summarise the nature of the problem and ask some searching questions, but the recent General Election campaign suggests that there is little prospect of political consensus on a way forward.
In a policy paper, insurer Royal London has proposed that a new financial product – the care pension – could be part of the solution.