This report, published by the Audit Commission looks at the challenges and opportunities facing England as its population gets older.
The report emphasises that councils have a local area leadership role to ensure that older people can live independently and actively, with a good quality of life, for as long as possible. It suggests that most councils should do more to create an environment in which people thrive as they age.
The report claims that only a third of councils are well prepared for an ageing population, though a further third are making progress. It stresses that they need to engage with older people in commissioning, designing and delivering mainstream and targeted services to tackle social isolation and support independent living.