The London Older Peoples' Assembly is the main annual event where older Londoners can debate key issues of relevance and concern to them and express their views of life in the capital. It is organised by the London Older People’s Strategy Group with the support of the Mayor of London. The first assembly was held in 2002 and the event has gone from strength to strength ever since.

The Eighth London Older People’s Assembly

Poverty, Welfare and Older Londoners

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The Assembly is the flagship event of LOPSG’s year and took place on 5th August 2010. The morning session took place in the Council Chamber of City Hall. LOPSG Chair, Eileen McNally, welcomed the guests and was followed in his usual rumbustious style by Mayor Boris Johnson.

The first keynote address was given by Baroness Sally Greengross OBE, Commissioner, Equality and Human Rights Commission, and the second one was given by Steve Webb, Minister of Pensions and the Ageing Society. This was followed by a panel debate with Eileen McNally, Richard Barnes, Deputy Mayor, Steve Webb, Bridgit Sam-Bailey LOPSG Committee member and Mark Windisch, LOPSG Acting Secretary and Treasurer.

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After lunch there were two sets of Workshops available for delegates. At 1:20 pm Workshop A, Caring for an Older Population, took place in the Council Chamber chaired by Pat Prendergast LOPSG committee member and with a panel comprising Caroline Bernard Policy and Communications Manager, Counsel and Care, Dame Betty Safu-Adjaye, Founder and Chief Executive, Mission Dine Club, Miriam Cheri Senior Research Fellow and Head of Qualitative Research, Institute for Public Policy Research. Simultaneously Workshop B, Money Matters and Benefits, took place in Committee Rooms 4 & 5. This session was chaired by Mark Windisch LOPSG Acting Secretary and Treasurer and with a panel comprising Kathy Wade Head of Advice and Wellbeing, Toynbee Hall, Simon Wilkinson, Later Life Performance Support Team, Department for Works and Pensions, Lizzie Iron Head of Welfare Policy Team, Citizens Advice Bureau, Mark Brangwyn, Head of Community Services, London Councils and Yasin Ahmed, DWP.

Crowds002A Consultation Workshop took place in London’s Living Room on the GLA Draft Gender, Race Disability Equality Strategies with Terry Day GLA Manager, Diversity, Sue Johnson GLA Senior Diversity and Social Policy Officer and Chaired by Ellen Lebethe LOPSH Chair Equality and Diversity Working Group. At 2:30 there was changeover Workshop C on Poverty of Place was conducted in the Council Chamber was Chaired by David Gardiner OBE, LOPSG Vice Chair. The panel consisted of Julie Fleck, Principal Adviser – Access and Inclusion, GLA London Plan, Pat Strachan, Housing Action Support Officer, Care and Repair England, Douglas Stern, Development Consultant, Foundations, Kajal Shah, Communications Officer, Policy Research Institute on Ageing and Ethnicity, Andrew Shipley, Lifetime Homes Co-ordinator, Habinteg Housing Association. Workshop D in Committee Rooms 4 & 5 on Employment and Older People was chaired by Terry Murphy LOPSG Committee Member. The panel comprised Andrea Winkelmann-Gleed Senior Research Fellow, Working Lives Research Institute, Chris Ball CE, Third Age Employment Network, Peter Bennie Director of Development, Prime. At the same time an Information Workshop Volunteering and Older People was chairedby Clare Douglas, LOPSG Committee Member in London’s Living Room and with a panel comprising Lizzie Noel, Mayoral Adviser for Social Action and Volunteering, David Huse, London Ambassador’s Programme, London Development Agency, Clive Pankhurst, Chair,Greater London Volunteering and CE, Volunteer Centre Southwark, Geraldine McCarthy, Volunteer Manager for Age Concern Camden and Regional Representative for London on Volunteering Partnership.