Our councillors and campaigners often hear from older and vulnerable people that they don’t get the support they need from the council. So we’ve published a policy paper on how we will make sure everyone’s voice is heard if we are elected to run the council on 22 May.
Our ongoing work with older and vulnerable people has allowed us to draw up our plan with residents’ specific needs in mind, and we’re focussing on specialised housing, carer and day centre support, making council services easier to access, and helping people to play an active role in their communities.
We want to make sure that, with a bit of help from the council, older and vulnerable people in Southwark are able to live full and active lives. We think these policies will tackle some of the barriers that can prevent that from happening.
Our list of policies includes:
- Introducing a dedicated phone line for older residents, staffed by older people, so they can directly call a specialised Older People team for information about housing, social services and benefits.
- Building housing designed for older people that can be easily adapted as needs change, such as retirement villages including shops and amenities.
- Supporting high quality day centres and offer personalised help for older people and persons with disabilities – in contrast to Labour’s centralist ‘one-size fits all’ approach.
- Launching a review of the help offered to carers in the borough to make sure they get the support they deserve.
- Helping pensioners and children and adults with disabilities to lead a full and active life by supporting involvement in arts, leisure, community activities and the voluntary sector.