Life Long Learningfor Older Londoners

Meeting: 
MQT on 2006-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2006
Reference: 
2006/2252
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Your Older People's Strategy aims to challenge stereotyping of older people and provide a framework in which older Londoners have the support they need to lead active, healthy and independent lives. Would you agree that access to Life Long Learning for older Londoners plays an important part in this? What powers of influence do you have to encourage the provision of affordable, accessible further education courses for older Londoners?

Answer

Answer for Life Long Learningfor Older Londoners

Answer for Life Long Learningfor Older Londoners

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I agree that access to Life Long Learning for older Londoners plays an important part in supporting older Londoners lead active, healthy and independent livesFollowing the review of powers I will have a statutory duty to promote skills in London and will chair the London Skills and Employment Board, drawn from business and other key partners. I will prepare a new statutory Adult skills Strategy for London, setting priorities and directing budgets. I will ensure that the needs of older Londoners are fully considered in developing this strategy.I also recognise the importance of non-employment related learning in promoting the well-being of older people. I support the development of the Sure Start initiative as part of promoting active ageing and am urging the London boroughs to take a lead in developing this initiative. I will be hosting an event in the new year to help promote the findings from the Sure Start pilots.