Independent study explores the value of FirstStop Advice
A new study by Cambridge University endorses FirstStop Advice as a much needed resource in Britain's ageing society.
FirstStop is a partnership venture, led by EAC and involving over 20 local partners and 10 national ones in delivering good quality information and advice to older people. Launched in 2009, it has since expanded substantially with the help of funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government, and is now a major force in helping older people access the care, support or housing they need to live independently and well.
Welcoming the study, Housing Minister Grant Shapps said:
“With nearly a fifth of our population expected to be over 65 by 2020, it’s crucial that help and support be available to ensure everyone can make informed choices about their future housing needs.
“Today’s report demonstrates how the FirstStop scheme, backed with £1.5 million Government cash, is providing exactly the kind of advice that people need. And with an additional £20million Disabled Facilities Grant funding available to help with adaptations and extensions, I hope more older people wanting to continue living comfortably in their own homes will be able to do so.”
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