Age friendly London

Older people

We want to make London one of the world’s most age friendly cities.

What do older Londoners need?

To support the huge contribution older Londoners make to our city we make sure to involve them in our decisions. Some of the ways that we do this include consulting with:

  • the London Older People's Strategies Group (LOPSG). This is the Mayor’s advisory group on issues affecting older people. It ensures the voice of older London is heard in City Hall. We also host the LOPSG’s annual Older People's Assembly at City Hall
  • the Older People Advisory Forum which meets twice a year. The Forum brings together relevant agencies and organisations to talk about the issues that affect older Londoners. It has a representative on the UK Advisory Forum on Ageing

Please see the Mayor’s Older People Advisory Forum Terms of Reference, meeting notes and papers for more information.

Some of the ways we are already protecting the rights of older Londoners are outlined below.

Pension credit: know your rights

We want to reduce the number of older Londoners living in poverty.

Once a year we run our Know Your Rights campaign to tell older Londoners about the benefits and support available to them.

Please go to the campaign page for more details.

Freedom Pass extension

Older Londoners can apply for the Freedom Pass and the 60+ Oyster photocard scheme, depending on your age and where you live.

These passes allow users to get free travel on almost all of London’s public transport.

Capital Age Festival

The Mayor supports the Capital Age Festival, which takes place once a year. The festival promotes the contribution of older Londoners to our city’s art and culture.

Making London an ‘age friendly’ city

London is becoming a better place for older people.

In March 2015 we co-organised the Successful Cities, Positive Ageing conference. The conference focussed on how cities respond to the challenges of an ageing society.

At this conference we introduced a new report: An Age Friendly City – how far has London come? published by King’s College London. This report found that while progress had been made, there is still more to do.

Find out what people were saying about the conference as it happened.

How do older people contribute to London?

It is often assumed that older people are a problem for their families and use up public money. We know this is not true.

Our report, The Economic Contribution of Older Londoners, proves this. It found that:

  • the paid work of older people contributes an estimated £47 billion per year to London
  • this is about 18 per cent of the total amount of money contributed to London’s economy
  • the more ‘informal’ work carried out by older people is vital to society and the economy: providing care to other adults, childcare and volunteering

We want London to appreciate its older people as valuable members of the community.

Checking how our policies are helping

To test how well the Mayor’s Equal Life Chances for All framework is working for different communities in London, we carried out some assessments.

These assessments looked at the priorities and concerns for each community, and reviewed what differences our policies have had or will have.

Our assessment of the GLA's Impact on Older People's equality looks at the older community, and highlights some of our achievements so far, including:

  • ensuring that the Freedom Pass continues to be made available to people from the age of 60
  • supporting Age UK’s Team London MiCommunity project, helping older people to get online