I have already worked with partmers to make significant progress on the Age-friendly London programme, since I signed London up to the WHO’s global network of age-friendly communities in 2018.
My officers worked in collaboration with Age UK London and members of my Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group to produce an action plan, setting out how the work of the GLA Group can respond to the priorities of older Londoners.
That work involved an extensive process of engagement with older Londoners that helped reveal their priority concerns at the point when the pandemic began to take hold.
I drew on this and results of the engagement that has taken place with older Londoners since the pandemic began, along with intelligence from the London Community Response Survey to design the nine recovery missions and the specific projects that will underpin them. These include actions to address employment and skills, digital inclusion and maintaining physical and mental wellbeing.
My deputy mayor, Debbie Weekes-Bernard will be meeting with the London Age-friendly Forum and other older people’s organisations in the coming weeks, to discuss how this work can address the needs of older Londoners.
I fully anticipate that the priorities of older Londoners will be addressed through this work.