Sir George launches Full of Life at Andover Leisure Centre
1 Oct 2010
Frances & Chris Lynn Haydn Watkins Mollie Antrobus GY Martin Hughes Hannah Belbin
Frances & Chris Lynn Haydn Watkins Mollie Antrobus GY Martin Hughes Hannah Belbin
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Sir George launched a 'Full of Life' festival on National Older Peoples Day at the Andover Leisure Centre.

After a welcome from Kevin Patterson, the chief executive of Valley Leisure, Hayden Watkins, chair of Andover Older People's Forum introduced Sir George, and outlined anxiety about some of the policies being introduced.

Responding, Sir George said that the coalition government had set up a Commission on Long Term Care, which would find a better way of funding personal care services and, in particular, would find a better way of funding personal care services and, in particular, would find a better way of funding expensive residential and nursing home care than the current system.

"The current system penalises those who have been prudent, and sends out all the wrong signals about saving for one's retirement".

Sir George said that progress was also being made in providing more personalised services, both in Adult Services and in health.

"Instead of offering people a set menu of services, people are being given personal budgets and the freedom to choose the services which they need".

On pensions, Sir George said that as from April 2011, the basic state pension will be uprated by the highest of earnings, prices, or 2.5%, and that key benefits for older people would be protected - such as the Winter Fuel Payment, free TV licences, free bus travel and free eye tests and prescriptions.

After Sir George's talk, the Peter Pan Club led a warm-up session, and those attending the day at the leisure centre could visit the many stalls that were there.

Tributes were paid to Mollie Antrobus, the treasurer of Andover & District Older People's Forum, who did most of the organising.
 
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