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- Wednesday, 11 September 2013
Revealing figures that as many as 370,000 older people may be suffering hidden abuse in their own homes, Paul Burstow, former Liberal Democrat Care Minister, will today call for action from the Prime Minister to protect vulnerable people.
Without action Mr Burstow will warn that over 500,000 older people will be at risk of abuse by 2030.
Leading a delegation that will include Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, Chief Executive of Action on Elder Abuse, Gary Fitzgerald, and Baroness Greengross, Chief Executive of the International Longevity Centre, Mr Burstow will call on the Prime Minister to close gaps in the law that are letting vulnerable people down and allowing abuse and neglect unpunished.
- Tuesday, 10 September 2013
-It’s a knitting affair for soap star and his mum to raise vital funds for older people-
Actor Tom Scurr, best known for his role as student Barney Harper-McBride in Hollyoaks, has got his knitting needles at the ready alongside his mum to get behind Age UK and innocent’s Big Knit which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. The Big Knit raises vital funds for the Charity’s Spread the Warmth campaign, helping to keep older people warm and well in the winter.
For a decade, budding milliners up and down the country have been supporting Age UK and innocent’s Big Knit by knitting funky little hats. For each be-hatted smoothie sold, innocent will give 25p to Age UK, helping to fund national and local winter projects.
- Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Whitehall based commissioner would challenge ageism and spearhead "future proofing" of policy
Proposal backed by Paul Burstow MP, Baroness Bakewell, Esther Rantzen and Sarah Rochira, the Older People's Commissioner for Wales
Older people in England need an advocate to challenge ageism and encourage the government to do more to prepare for an ageing society, a new report edited by Paul Burstow MP argues.
- Monday, 09 September 2013
A pair of MPs are attempting to change the law so all expat pensioners receive inflation-linked increases to their state pensions.
Sir Roger Gale and Sir Peter Bottomley plan to submit an amendment to the Pensions Bill currently going through Parliament in a bid to change the rules.
Currently, expat pensioners in many countries have their pensions frozen at their retirement date rate, but the pair of senior Conservative backbenchers want all British pensioners living abroad to get inflation-related increases.
- Thursday, 05 September 2013
A survey released today of public sector workers throughout Britain has found that many employees approaching retirement are considering the prospect of returning to work as a result of the financial worries they face.
The research piece, commissioned by Teachers Assurance and carried out by research specialist Opinion Matters, found that 41% of public sector workers were feeling daunted about taking their retirement, and that financial concerns were the most common burden (24%). As a result of these worries a total of 26% of public sector workers felt they would not have enough money for retirement.
- Friday, 30 August 2013
In a TUC report released today, the organisation calls upon the Government to reverse its decision to raise the state pension age.
This comes in light of figures showing considerable regional disparity in average life expectancy increases.
Commenting on the report, Malcolm McLean, consultant, Barnett Waddingham, says:
- Friday, 30 August 2013
A woman in her late 40s from East Dorset can expect to receive £67,000 more in state pension when she retires, compared to a women of the same age living in Corby, due to a widening gap in life expectancies and a rising state pension age, according to a new report published today by the TUC.
The report looks at life expectancy projections by gender, occupation and geographical area, and their effect on the amount of state pension people are set to receive. The state pension age is due to rise to 66 between 2018 and 2020 and to 67 between 2026 and 2028.
- Wednesday, 28 August 2013
A new study by Age UK has found that older workers are as productive as their younger counterparts.
The work carried out by Essex Business School, University of Essex on behalf of the charity investigated the evidence behind common perceptions about older workers.
It found that there was little evidence to back up disparaging but engrained stereotypes of older workers when it comes to productivity, health, commitment and flexibility.
- Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Independent Age Director of Care Services, Ian Buchan, said:
“This is a timely report given the wider changes to the care system and demonstrates the economic case for providing good quality care as well as supporting individuals in the workplace.
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- Spread the Warmth with Age UK to help older people this winter
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- Majority will be worse off under state pension reforms
- Sue Ryder calls for action to prevent ‘hit and miss’ end of life care
- How music could reduce healthcare costs of the UK's ageing population
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