Purpose: This paper aims to explore the social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on issues facing older people living in urban areas characterised by multiple deprivation.
Design/methodology/approach: The paper first reviews the role of place and
neighbourhood in later life; second, examines the relationship between neighbourhood deprivation and the impact of COVID-19; and, third, outlines the basis for an ‘agefriendly’ recovery strategy.
Findings: The paper argues that COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on low income communities, which have already been affected by cuts to public services, the loss of social infrastructure, and pressures on the voluntary sector. It highlights the need for community-based interventions to be developed as an essential part of future policies designed to tackle the effects of Covid-19.
Originality: The paper contributes to debates about developing COVID-19 recovery strategies in the context of growing inequalities affecting urban neighbourhoods.