Headlines: June 11th, 1998

More detail has emerged about the nature of future public service provision with the announcement of several pilot projects which take a new look at improving older people’s quality of life.

The 28 pilots across the UK are part of a unique partnership, the first of its kind to bring together representatives from central and local government and private and voluntary sectors, with older people themselves.

They will aim to make services more user-friendly, giving older people a voice and recognising the contribution they can make to society.

The pilot schemes will inform the Better Government for Older People programme, part of the Better Government initiative that will be further detailed in a White Paper later this year.

The pilots will run initially for two years. The Government will publish a Best Practice Guide in April 2000, to encourage further local initiatives to draw out policy lessons nationally.

Sally Greengross, Director General of Age Concern England, said: “Older people are the best people to tell politicians about the services and support they need. The initiative will provide fora for airing the issues which will affect both today’s and tomorrow’s older people.”