Laura Sharman 07 January 2020

Report calls for end of 'age apartheid'

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Radical action is needed to create ‘a country for all ages’ by 2030, according to a report published today.

The report, published by think tank United for All Ages, argues intergenerational projects could help tackle social problems such as poor health, loneliness, ageism and housing

Together in the 2020s warns Britain is one of the most age segregated countries in the world and outlines 20 ways to tackle the generational divide.

The proposals include turning more care homes into community hubs, scaling up homesharing schemes for older and younger people, assessing all policies’ intergenerational impact, and redesigning the economy to make the most of the ageing society.

Stephen Burke, director of United for All Ages, said: 'Bringing Britain together is one of the biggest challenges for the new decade. The last decade saw huge disconnection and division. The 2020s can be different. Ending ‘age apartheid’ and ageism and promoting more intergenerational mixing could help create a Britain for all ages by 2030 – united not divided.

'More mixing between the generations is the way to build trust and understanding across our communities and our country. To make it happen requires not just vision and ambition, but also political will and leadership locally and nationally.'

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Creating communities for all ages

Bringing younger and older people together produces dividends, says Stephen Burke, who outlines how councils can encourage more intergenerational care and living.
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