Government proposes a ‘Sure Start’ for older people

    A government report today proposes a “Sure Start for older
    people” and a shift towards preventive services as the way to
    tackle social exclusion among older people, writes
    Mithran Samuel

    The Social Exclusion Unit report says that consultation with
    older people suggests many would favour a Sure Start style system
    through which they could access a range of services from a single

    It also makes the case for social care’s focus on those in
    greatest need to be reversed, arguing that preventative services
    will improve wellbeing and reduce the demand on acute care.

    The adult green paper, due out next week, is expected to make a
    similar call, though there is scepticism over whether the
    government will fund a long-term shift in care priorities.

    However, the SEU report promises to “develop a more
    detailed economic case for prevention”, alongside performance
    indicators to measure wellbeing.

    • The report is available from


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