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    W7   making the most of an older population - chair's remark W7 making the most of an older population - chair's remark Presentation Transcript

    • Ageing Well Programme Supporting local authorities to develop good places to grow older www.local.gov.uk
    • Making the most of an older population
      • Extremely tough financial settlement for local government requires radical rethinking
      • Localism presents the challenge and opportunity of new leadership roles and greater involvement of local communities
      • Community involvement and empowerment will need to be part of the new landscape
      • A renewed focus by local government on older people is essential given the rapidly ageing society
      • Need to move beyond the purely negative picture of the effect of an ageing society.
      • Older people contribute hugely – current estimates are that they provide a net contribution of £40bn to the economy, rising to £77bn by 2030 (research commissioned by WRVS)
      • Challenge is for local government to think through how it can stimulate and harness this capacity
      • This workshop will explore the innovative ways that two councils are doing this:-
        • Manchester – and their ‘Valuing Older People’ work where older people are systematically involved and engaged
        • Leeds – and their ‘Neighbourhood Networks’ – examples of ‘bottom up’ community capacity building with older people at the forefront.