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Social Exclusion

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 19 October 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what provision will be made specifically for older people under the new social exclusion plans. (91541)

The Social Exclusion Unit (SEU) report “A Sure Start to Later Life (2006)” sets out the Government’s commitment to tackling exclusion amongst older people. Key in the report is the launch of eight LinkAge Plus pilots or “one-stop shops” for older people. The Social Exclusion Task Force will continue to take an interest in progress on these pilots to ensure they are tackling and addressing social exclusion amongst older people, and explore how lessons learnt can be rolled out more widely.

In addition, the task force will consider issues affecting older people in its future programme of work and the Government are piloting the use of individual budgets, which will help vulnerable older and disabled people take control of their lives and choose the services that suit them best.