London is often seen as a young city, but more than 15 per cent of London’s population - nearly 1.25 million people - are aged 60 or over. Over a quarter of a million people in London are aged over 80.
The Mayor's work on older people
The Mayor’s initiatives strive to make London one of the world’s most age friendly cities.
The Assessment of the GLA’s impact on older people’s equality provides more information about London’s older people, the inequalities they face and what the Mayor and the GLA are doing to advance equality of opportunity for older Londoners:
The Mayor’s equality framework for London, Equal Life Chances for All, includes a commitment to improve the city for all Londoners. This includes the older Londoners who make such a valuable contribution to our city.
Engaging with older people
The GLA actively involves London’s older people in strategic development and decision-making to make sure that the Mayor’s work reflects their needs and aspirations. The London Older People's Strategies Group (LOPSG) (external website), is the Mayor’s advisory group on issues affecting older people which ensures the voice of older London is heard in City Hall.
Find out more about engaging with older people.
Find out more about programmes and initiatives
Know Your Rights
The annual Know Your Rights campaign promotes the importance of advice and advocacy services that help older people access their rights and increase take up of benefits.
Connecting Older People
Although older people are the fastest growing group of internet users, some lack confidence and skills. The Team London digital technology programme trains volunteers (aged 16-18) to share their IT skills with people aged over 60.
Freedom Pass extension
The Freedom Pass (external website) and the 60+ London Oyster photocard schemes (external website) gives older Londoners free travel on almost all of London’s public transport.