20 | Grey Pride: A manifesto
Summary of recommendations
• Increase the number of staff on older
people's wards in line with Royal
College of Nursing guidance.
• Assess older people for the
possible presence of frailty during all
encounters with health and social care
• Make falls risk assessments
mandatory, in line with Assessing Care
of Vulnerable Elderly (ACOVE) and
National Institute for Health and Care
Excellence (NICE) advice.
• Appoint a Commissioner for Older
People who would investigate,
among other issues, poor health care
experienced by older people.
• Create a national task force of developers,
ministers and local government to
produce a national strategy for increasing
supply of retirement housing.
• Exempt older people who are downsizing
from paying stamp duty.
• Continued grant funding as well as
interest-free loans to retirement housing
developers to encourage them to build
affordable housing, following the example
of Canada, where there is a Minister of
State for Seniors.
• Introduce a similar policy to that
suggested in Scotland's Planning Policy
Consultation Draft 2013 where developers
who build retirement housing are not
required by law to also build affordable
• Create a level playing field for retirement
housing developers by excluding
retirement housing from the onerous
requirements of the community
infrastructure levy and Section 106.
• Ensure all local authorities have a robust
housing strategy for older people and act
on it to increase supply, including through
the sale of publicly-owned land.
• Extend the worksave pension scheme to
include additional saving for social care.
• Launch a hard-hitting public information
campaign about the need for people to
start saving for care, the cost of care and
the scheme mentioned above.
• Increase state funding for care to
adequately cover the cost of providing
that care, as measured by independent
cost of care calculator.
• Require all providers receiving adequate
State funding to pay the living wage to
all care home and domiciliary carers and
• Introduce legislation which bars anyone
from working with older people if they
have been found guilty of abuse. The
Justice Ministry should be responsible
for passing on information regarding
convictions to the Department of Health
whose department will be tasked with
updating and publishing the list of barred
• Legislate to give informal carers
entitlement to a fixed period of leave
similar to maternity or paternity leave.
• Give a firm commitment to sustainable
funding for the Better Care Fund for future