Cllr Jackie Meldrum blogs about our record and plans to make Lambeth an Age Friendly borough… 

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Under Labour, Lambeth has a strong record in working to make Lambeth friendly to people of all generations. We already work closely with AgeUKLambeth as well as a range of other community groups and faith organisations and we are committed to working together going forward to make our borough even better for older people.  Lambeth Labour is delighted to support Age UK’s “Make London’s Boroughs Age Friendly!” Report.

At Lambeth we understand that caring for our vulnerable residents is one of the most important jobs we have as a society. Lambeth Council spends the majority of its budget on social care. We have protected our care budgets so we can provide support for those who depend on our care. As a Labour council we’ll defend investment in social care, protecting our most vulnerable residents from the failing Tory government.

We have launched a Carers Action plan to improve the experience of our fantastic family & friend carers. We’ve improved the pay and conditions of care workers by using our powers as a council to extend the London Living Wage to 2,200 agency staff.

We have already been working closely with the local NHS to develop a shared understanding and of what integrated care means for our residents in our neighbourhoods their local and then work towards delivering this shared aim. Through our Lambeth Together Alliance we are integrating all Lambeth’s care services with the NHS, focussed around our GPs, aiming to create a seamless service for older people, those with physical and learning difficulties, mental health services and for children.

At Lambeth we know the importance of tackling loneliness. In our manifesto, we pledge to continue to encourage organisations and community groups tackling loneliness and social isolation across the borough and will introduce a good neighbour befriending schemes to support older people and disabled people. We believe in the value of inter-generational work to strengthen our communities.

Despite a challenging funding climate from the Tory government, Under Labour, Lambeth has protected out award winning parks, tackled fly-tipping, improved pavements and maintained our 10 libraries which are all key priorities for older people.

AgeUK urges boroughs to ensure good communication with our older residents and we work with our local AgeUKLambeth to help tackle digital exclusion. All our council sheltered housing schemes have an in house computer facilities and we are expanding computer classes.  And as a Cooperative Council, we work with voluntary and community sector networks which have a key role providing advice and getting key information to older people

We aim to support people to live in their own home as long as possible and provide aids and adaptations. Every year we assist 3,000 older Lambeth residents to stay in their homes by providing care at home.

We are committed to making Lambeth’s housing age friendly.  We have upgraded all our sheltered housing schemes and we working with partners to build extra care schemes across in borough for social rent and shared ownership. . 10% of all the new homes in the borough are wheelchair accessible and all are built to the Lifetime Homes Standard.

On May 3 Vote Labour for a better, fairer Lambeth for all.

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