How we move the agenda beyond seeing a person through the prism of their age is something that I fear will be a long hard road to tread. Older people are seen by many younger people as an unnecessary drain on public resources, while at the same time many older people who want to contribute more to society are restricted from doing so by ageist policies and practices.
I am slightly stunned that this council has voted this plan through but I feel this is a small example of the country's problems at large. Just as this council seek to sacrifice a genuine force for good at the alter of finance, the Prime Minister sought to cut disabilities benefits with one hand and take tax free gifts with the other...
This is an amazing chance for everyone, from either side of the debate, to have a say and send a strong message, to not only Europe but the whole world, about what the British people value the most. So I will be voting to remain in the European Union this June. I hope you use your principles to guide you and do the same.
We've become a generation of home bods, we sit in our homes, flick through 900 channels and end up playing on our phones looking through Facebook, Instagram or playing words with friends, and god knows what other apps. What happened to actually playing scrabble with your friends...in person...at a table?
For some reason, even though online dating has become so accepted it's practically blasé, people can still often be dismissive of friendships forged online, as if they're somehow less valuable or meaningful than friendships that stemmed from working on the till opposite someone at Tesco 15 years ago.
"Faith reaches people when nothing else can," he said. I agree. As he developed his theme of faith's reach and endurance he focused not only on those suffering with ill-health but also on their carers - so often drawn from and supported by faith communities, even if the support is simply listening over a cup of tea.
The support so far has meant that our donations can do more than provide a short term fix to the problem, but rather we are being able to present shelters with long term supplies of care packages, so that women who otherwise struggled can now plan ahead and equip themselves fully when it comes to this critical aspect of their health.
I have my own family now and my own house in a nice residential street in peaceful suburbia. Yet, I am ashamed to admit that I barely know the names of more than a couple of neighbours. I would never knock on their door to borrow anything and rarely exchange more than a polite hello with most of them.
George Osborne isn't the first politician to covert the lottery millions. Rumours have circulated regularly, some well evidenced, but in the end no more than rumours. The Chancellor must understand, as have his predecessors, the unique and irreplaceable valuable of a substantial fund that meets need and unleashes potential in communities throughout the UK. The Big Lottery Fund is at the heart of our common wealth. It is not your money, Mr Osborne.