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Elbourne Review

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

On 22 May 2008 the Minister for Pensions Reform announced that John Elbourne had been asked to “examine the current arrangements for the engagement of older people and the ability of those arrangements to inform policy and actions of Government at all levels”. Specifically, this was to include examining better Government for older people.

John Elbourne will publish his report at 3 o’clock this afternoon on the Department for Work and Pensions website. This can be found at www.dwp.gov.uk/resourcecentre and a copy will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

The purpose of the review has been to examine whether there are any structural and/or organisational changes that can aid progress and enhance opportunities for older people to make themselves heard.

The report makes a range of recommendations for improving older people’s engagement with Government, which are: establishing a national advisory forum for older people; enhancing the role that regional Government offices play in supporting and developing engagement with older people; setting up regional forums to support local authorities; and building on the support for older people’s forums around the UK.

The Government invite comments on these recommendations and will respond to this report by 30 January 2009. Any comments should be sent to: Andrew Jennings, Department for Work and Pensions, Older People and Ageing Society Division, 3rd Floor The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6HT (email: andrew.jennings@dwp.gsi.gov.uk), to be received by 9 January 2009.