Councils can promote allotments, tennis courts, walkways and cycling paths. It’s about social prescribing and understanding community needs.
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Michelle Lowe is Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing & Community Safety at Sevenoaks District Council, and was Parliamentary candidate for Coventry South in the 2015 general election.Follow @
A more flexible approach would also make independent living easier and let the elderly stay close to their friends and families.
In Sevenoaks District Council we contact people that regularly miss appointments to find out why and how we can help.
Michelle Lowe: There is a quiet revolution of “social prescribing” taking place – with Conservative councils taking the lead
There are non-medical solutions to such conditions as loneliness, mental illness, dementia, and asthma.
Michelle Lowe: Social care. May ducking TV debates. Fox hunting. What sank our candidacies in the West Midlands.
We also suffered from CCHQ’s campaigning techniques. Only 50 per cent of our targets we planning to back us. We were knocking up Corbynites.
Policies must be adjusted to match the circumstances in different areas.
I think the future could be bright – but we need to go to them, since they won’t come to us.