One-stop shop for older people to be launched

    The government, Local Government Association and older people
    charities are joining forces to create a one stop shop for older
    people.

    Launching the Link-Age document, pensions minister Malcolm Wicks
    was due to say this week that he wanted to provide a network for
    older people to enhance independent living.

    Plans include linking health and social care into a single
    assessment process, giving older people a single point of access to
    the care system, and enabling social services to better target care
    packages.

    Other services will include streamlining benefit services to
    prevent the duplication of information. Voluntary organisations
    will be given more powers to take claims for benefits and verify
    documents.

    Expected to be put out to regional consultation later this year,
    Link Age is a commitment to the government’s Third Age 2001
    manifesto.

     LGA deputy chair Chris Clarke said: “It is important to
    remember that older people’s services is a very broad area
    and is not just about dealing with the 20 per cent of older people
    who require assistance from social services for their care
    requirements.

    “There is a growing demand for additional choice for
    people who need care and assistance to maintain independent
    living.”

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