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Minister calls for London's views on care for older people

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The government is asking Londoners to participate in a national debate on the future of the UK's care and support system for older people.

The move is part of national debate on the future of Care and Support was announced by Gordon Brown in May, which will inform proposals in a Green Paper expected next year.

The Care Service Minister Ivan Lewis is currently on a six month tour of events in nine regions across the UK debating the future shape of the care and support system.

Care Service Minister Ivan Lewis will listen to the views of professionals from London's public health, social care and NHS services as well as 3rd sector local organisations in a debate on 24th July.

Mr Lewis said: 'It is essential that we hear Londoners views on how we create a high quality, affordable care system for a rapidly ageing population in a way that promotes independence, choice and control for everyone. In 20 years' time the number of people living in Greater London over the age of 65 will have risen to over 1 million, and the number of people over 85 will have risen to over 140,000. So we need to decide now how the care and support system must adapt. The current system is simply not sustainable.'

The reform aims to find a new way to help people stay active, care for family members, retain their dignity and respect and have the best possible quality of life.

The public can add their views at http://www.careandsupport.direct.gov.uk

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