Led by the Progressive Conservatism Project, On Your Side will set out a new, radical agenda for how older people can be better supported by the state and each other in a time of shrinking budgets, by creating a new facilitator services to unscramble the complex web of state and charitable help already on offer.
There is already a successful model for how to achieve this. The Cotswolds Village Agent scheme is a proven intervention which goes to the heart of conservative themes of post-bureaucratic public services, built around the user. What we now need is a comprehensive assessment of if and how this approach could be spread across the country.
This project will explore the potential to roll out Village Agents - a specific form of community-led support for older people. Village Agents tie together public and charitable services to unlock older people’s own skills and resources. In doing so, the scheme not only provides a better, more human service to clients, but also greatly reduces demand on expensive care and health services.
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