Pensions & Benefits
- Monday, 10 June 2013
Pensioners accuse shadow chancellor of “playing politics” with pensions Britain’s biggest pensioner organisation, the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) has accused shadow chancellor Ed Balls of “playing politics” with pensions, following his statement at the weekend that a future Labour government would cap spending on the state pension.
- Monday, 03 June 2013
Commenting on the Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls’ announcement that Labour would remove the winter fuel allowance from wealthy pensioners, Dot Gibson NPC general secretary said: “This announcement clearly isn’t about economics – it’s about politics.
"The scheme would raise just £100m out of a welfare budget of over £155bn, but if Labour really wanted to tackle inequality and unfairness in Britain, they could commit themselves to reinstating the 5% tax reduction that the super rich – including pensioners - got last year.
Nine out of ten older people say their lives would be worse without a bus pass, according to Age UK poll.
- Tuesday, 14 May 2013
New polling by Age UK has revealed that 93 per cent of older people who own a concessionary bus pass say losing it would adversely affect their life.
The survey carried out on behalf of the charity by research agency TNS also found that 83 per cent of older people on lower incomes had a concessionary pass.
The figures are evidence of the vital role of concessionary bus passes and reliable bus services in enabling older people to remain independent and lead fulfilling lives as well as helping to prevent isolation and loneliness.
- Friday, 10 May 2013
Age Cymru encourages pensioners to claim their benefits
RISING living costs have seen more pensioners in Wales cutting back on heating and eating than anywhere else in Britain - that’s according to Age Cymru.
Figures released by the charity show that 26 per cent of Welsh pensioners reduced their heating over the winter months because they are worried about the cost of living, compared with a GB average of 21 per cent.
- Wednesday, 08 May 2013
Responding to the ADASS (Association of Directors of Adult Social Services) annual survey, “Social Care Funding: A Bleak Outlook is getting Bleaker”, Cllr Zoe Patrick, Chair of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“Local authorities are already facing an estimated £1.89 billion reduction in funding to provide support for vulnerable residents. Taking a further £800 million out of the system threatens to severely impact on the vital support many older and disabled people rely on in their day-to-day lives such as basic help with washing, getting out of bed and the provision of meals on wheels.
- Friday, 19 April 2013
Thousands of over-75s are becoming increasingly isolated and “trapped in their own homes” because of transport cuts and unsuitable bus services.
A damning report has revealed that one in seven pensioners have been directly affected by budget cuts which have had a “devastating impact” on their “sense of happiness and well-being”.
At least 10 per cent now claim they leave the house less because they have no way of getting anywhere by themselves, and no one to help them.
Older people now feel they have lost their independence as a result - which has led to a dramatic increase in reports of loneliness and isolation.
- Thursday, 11 April 2013
A shift in working cultures and confusion around retirement planning is resulting in a pension ‘black hole’, with almost a quarter (23 per cent) of UK adults stating they have lost track of at least one pension scheme – according to a new online poll for Age UK.
The poll, commissioned to understand more about people’s attitudes and plans for retirement, reveals that nearly a third (30 per cent) of UK adults would try to trace a pension if they realised they had lost track of it. However, people are unsure about how and where to start hunting these pensions down.
- Thursday, 04 April 2013
Britain’s biggest pensioner organisation, the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) has criticised the latest report from the Work and Pensions Committee for failing to highlight the unfairness contained in the government’s plans to introduce a single-tier state pension of £144 a week from 2016.
The NPC claims that future generations will end up getting less pension than under the present system, but have to pay more for it and work longer before they can receive it, whilst existing pensioners – many of whom would benefit from an increase in their state pension – will be completely excluded from the changes.
- Wednesday, 20 March 2013
Britain’s biggest pensioner organisation, the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) has said today’s Budget announcement was less “Aspiration Nation” and more “Aspirin Nation” given that it will have left millions of older people with a severe financial headache on issues such as pensions and social care.
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