Headlines: March 31st, 2000

A range of new ideas – many of them thought up in discussions with older people – are transforming the older person’s experience of services from their local councils.Today (Friday), several of those pioneering projects will be exhibited and discussed at a conference for older people and council representatives in Wolverhampton.

Among them, a scheme by Coventry City Council which engages ‘hard to reach’ isolated and housebound older people through letters, cable telephone circles and the internet and involves them in community consultation and social contact.

Also highlighted will be a scheme from Hartlepool which has improved public transport in the town through consultation with the Retired Resource Network. It is one of several which has highlighted public transport as a key to independent living.

The conference is organised by the Better Government for Older People programme’s Network which aims to share ideas and good practice across the UK. The programme is part of the national Modernising government initiative to improve public services and make them more responsive to people’s needs.

The conference takes place at Wolverhampton Science Park.
Link: www.bettergovernmentforolderpeople.gov.uk.

It’s been a good week for older people: earlier this week Arts Minister Alan Howarth announced that admission fees to national museums for the over 60’s are to be scrapped at the end of this month.

And Social Security Secretary Alistair Darling announced the biggest even campaign to reach about two million pensioners who are entitled to claim income support but are unaware of their rights.