The Department for Transport (DfT) has just released its much anticipated Accessibility Action Plan (AAP), now open to public consultation. The Plan covers bus, trains, airports, taxis and driving, as well as scooters, cycling and walking, and is partly a response to a House of Lord select committee report on the Equality Act 2010. This found many types of transport fail to meet the basic needs of disabled people despite pre-existing regulations and guidance. Continue reading
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The future funding of supported housing was one of the key issues affecting older people that was put on hold during the General Election. The Government proposes to cap housing benefit (Local Housing Allowance) for sheltered and other types of supported accommodation – which could potentially harm vulnerable older people with a loss of services and the eventual closure of some schemes. Continue reading
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The future funding of sheltered housing continues to be uncertain following the Government’s decision to defer a decision to restrict housing benefit payments for supported housing.
The failure to reach a long term financial settlement means that schemes could still eventually be forced to close and the development of new schemes jeopardised. Continue reading
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Tagged Age UK, Age UK blog, Ageing, ageing population, ageing society, housing benefit payments supported housing, Joe Oldman Age UK, older people, sheltered and retirement housing, sheltered housing, sheltered housing Age UK, Supported and sheltered housing
An important theme for active communities, from Age UK’s Agenda for Later Life 2015 report, is how integrated services can improve the lives of older people. Following this theme, the idea of ‘total transport’ aims to bring together central and local government transport budgets and improve the deployment of buses, hospital transport, school buses and a variety of community transport. It allows vehicles to be shared and coordinated more efficiently, following broader transport objectives. However it isn’t a replacement for adequately funded transport services.
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