Belinda Wadsworth - Leadership Academy Presentation

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Belinda Wadsworth - Leadership Academy Presentation

  1. 1. Policy Priorities for Older People Belinda Wadsworth Strategy Adviser – Local and Regional Policy, Age UK Leadership Academy – Newcastle 23 rd March 2011
  2. 2. Overview of Session <ul><li>What is important to older people? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you help to make this a reality in </li></ul><ul><li>your local area? </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is important to older people? <ul><li>How do we find out? </li></ul>Informal conversations Correspondence – letters, emails, phonecalls Research – focus groups, surveys/questionnaires Forums – meetings, conferences, seminars Specific consultations – eg the Big Q
  4. 4. What is important to older people? <ul><li>What do we know already? </li></ul>Older People’s Strategy? Informed by older people? Overarching council strategy/plan – reflecting ageing society? LAA priorities? Local research, surveys/questionnaires? Done by a Forum? Priorities recently agreed, or time for a review?
  5. 5. What is important to older people? Transport Care Ageism Pavements Hospital Care The younger generation Public Toilets Finance/Income Housing Employment/Training Health Fuel prices Cheques Consumer Issues Older people tell us they are concerned about…
  6. 6. Age UK’s priorities: <ul><li>Equal respect </li></ul><ul><li>Support to be independent </li></ul><ul><li>Income </li></ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul><ul><li>Communities </li></ul>
  7. 7. Age UK’s priorities: locally <ul><li>Equal respect: Public Sector Equality Duty; human rights principles; mental capacity; safeguarding </li></ul><ul><li>Support: local care funding; personalisation not just personal budgets; support for carers </li></ul><ul><li>Income: joint action on take-up; local fuel poverty strategies; advice and advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Health: commissioning for prevention; championing dignity; improving mental health services </li></ul><ul><li>Communities: age-friendly neighbourhoods; alternative transport; Lifetime Homes </li></ul>
  8. 8. Short-term protection, long-term vision <ul><li>Build demographic change into all budgets </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a cross-cutting strategic approach to ageing </li></ul><ul><li>Protect the most vulnerable </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver in full on statutory obligations </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain and invest in preventative services </li></ul><ul><li>Place equality at heart of all decisions </li></ul>
  9. 9. The changing landscape… Impact on the local public sector: <ul><li>Consultation/good practice or panic? </li></ul><ul><li>Restructuring and redundancies </li></ul><ul><li>Stronger role for councillors </li></ul><ul><li>New role for GPs </li></ul><ul><li>Transfer of public health to local authority </li></ul>
  10. 10. The changing landscape… Impact on the local voluntary sector: <ul><li>Loss of funding/services </li></ul><ul><li>Restructuring and redundancies </li></ul><ul><li>New partnerships/consortia </li></ul><ul><li>Changing market </li></ul><ul><li>Big Society – new expectations? </li></ul>
  11. 11. The changing landscape… Impact on older people: <ul><li>Loss of services </li></ul><ul><li>Leading to loss of independence? </li></ul><ul><li>Drawing on new/different support </li></ul><ul><li>New role as purchasers/employers? </li></ul><ul><li>More control or less control? </li></ul><ul><li>Need for information, advice and support </li></ul>
  12. 12. The changing landscape… We are in it together… Older people Public sector Voluntary sector
  13. 13. Working together to make it a reality… <ul><li>Find out what’s important to older people </li></ul><ul><li>Be ambitious - find new ways to deliver </li></ul><ul><li>Stay focussed - on agreed priorities and outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Use new opportunities </li></ul>
  14. 14. Working together to make it a reality… New ways to deliver…? <ul><li>Who provides? </li></ul><ul><li>Older people at the heart of planning and design </li></ul><ul><li>Universal standards/core principles (accessibility, choice/control, dignity) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Working together to make it a reality… Opportunities… <ul><li>Duty to Involve, Consult and Inform </li></ul><ul><li>Public Sector Equality Duty </li></ul><ul><li>Big Society, community budgets eg participatory budgeting: Your Local Budget </li></ul><ul><li>Localism Bill </li></ul><ul><li>Health and social care reforms – personalisation, GP consortia, public health budget </li></ul>
  16. 16. Questions?
  17. 17. Contact: Belinda Wadsworth Strategy Adviser – Local and Regional Policy t. 0121 459 8952 m. 07740 040175 e. belinda.wadsworth@ageuk.org.uk

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