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Social Exclusion: Elderly

Volume 473: debated on Monday 17 March 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations accepted by the Government in the Social Exclusion Unit's report, A Sure Start to Later Life, on social exclusion among older people. (184897)

I have been asked to reply.

The Government have made good progress on the recommendations in ‘A Sure Start to Later Life’. This has included the successful roll out of LinkAge Plus pilots, the introduction of age discrimination legislation, the new PSA focused on older people (to tackle poverty and promote greater independence and well-being in later life), and the development of a National Housing Strategy for Older People, due to be published shortly.

The Sure Start recommendations are now being taken forward by the various strands of PSA 17 which is aimed at ensuring that the specific needs of older people are given due priority.