This resource shares the work of the Ageing Well programme. It looks at what makes a good place to grow old and action councils can take to create one. Ageing Well was an intensive programme of support for councils delivered by the Local Government Association and funded by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Society is changing, and advances in health and living conditions are helping people live longer.

There are now more people over state pension age in the UK than children. By 2050, a 65-year-old man in Britain can expect to live to 91. In 1950, his life expectancy was 76.

It's great news for us all. But we need to be prepared for this ageing society. We need to provide services that make towns, cities and villages good places to grow old.

Housing with extra care options, good transport, and easily accessible information about what's available for older people are just a few things which are key to helping older people live happy, healthy lives.

In this section, you will find practical advice for councils and their partners, with case studies, written guides and videos. It will point you to other resources, to toolkits, and to websites of organisations that can help you and link to the Knowledge Hub where you can share your own findings and discuss the issues with people with a shared interest.

Better places to grow old – Learning from the Ageing Well programme

This animated presentation looks at three real life case studies of how partnership working in communities can greatly improve the lives of older residents.

At a glance:

  • Older people in our society deserve every opportunity to age well, in communities that value their experience.
  • Local concerns need local solutions. Councils can take the lead in developing innovative ageing well approaches alongside their partner agencies.
  • This is a challenging agenda. We are facing unprecedented reductions in public sector funding: at the same time there is an unprecedented increase in the numbers of older people.
  • Progress is possible and support is available through the resources on this web resource and through other organisations detailed here.


For further information about the legacy of the Ageing Well programme, please contact:

Simon Wilkinson (DWP), email:

  • Previous initiatives

  • DWP's LinkAge Plus pilots brought local authorities together with their partners in health and the voluntary and community sector to find innovative ways to break down traditional organisational and financial barriers and to join up services. The website includes details and case studies of the pilots.

    LinkAge Plus

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