Headlines: November 24th, 1998

The Government has set out its agenda for older people following the setting up of a ministerial group to look into their concerns by the Prime Minister in the summer.Social Security Minister John Denham has launched the consultation paper ‘Building a Better Britain for Older People’ which sets out the Government’s progress so far and sets out priorities for future work.

It suggests three areas which are a priority for work across Government – promoting active ageing, improving care, and making sure Government listens to, consults and involves older people in the development of policy and the delivery of services.

The document points to initiatives the Government has already taken to improve lives for older people, such as encouraging opportunities to work through the New Deal and by tackling age discrimination, by establishing a minimum income guarantee, and in re-introducing free eye tests on the NHS.

Copies of the publication are available free of charge from Welfare Reform(OPC), Freepost HA4441, Hayes, UB3 1BR or telephone 0181 867 3201.

Mr Denham has also announced that, as part of the Government’s commitment to listening to older people, 16 Ministers from 14 government departments have agreed to take part next year in a series of listening roadshows with older people in all parts of Britain.