- Monday, 25 November 2013
The Keep Me Posted campaign takes its fight to the House of Lords today as peers debate the issue of how customers receive their bills. In the House of Lords’ Main Chamber, Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes will lead a debate to highlight the issue of vulnerable consumers who are being charged for receiving bills and statements through the post. The debate is intended to convince the government of how widespread and unfair the current situate is and urge the Government to act to protect vulnerable customer.
This builds on the Early Day Motion tabled last month in the House of Commons by the MPs Mike Crockart and Sir Bob Russell and an earlier debate last month in the House of Lords of led by Baroness Deech.
- Monday, 18 November 2013
The contribution of older Londoners to their city is the theme being debated at London’s Older People's Assembly on Thursday 21 November.
Around 250 older Londoners are expected to attend the event at City Hall, which is supported by the Mayor of London, as well as representatives from Age UK, Carers UK, Gransnet, and a range of other organisations. The Deputy Mayor of London Victoria Borwick will be speaking, along with the Chair of London Older People’s Strategies Group (LOPSG) Ellen Lebethe.
- Tuesday, 20 August 2013
The upper age limit for jurors is set to rise to 75 from next year to reflect how “active” older people are and to ensure the changing face of Britain is included in the justice system.
The limit, which has been set at 70 since 1988, will be changed next year as part of plans announced by the Ministry of Justice.
The proposal comes in a drive by the Ministry to make the criminal justice system more inclusive and to accurately reflect modern society.
- Monday, 08 April 2013
It has just been announced that former prime minister Margaret Thatcher died this morning following a stroke.
Lady Thatcher was the first woman to hold the post of prime minister and was in office from 1979 to 1990.
- Wednesday, 03 April 2013
Computer boffins have devised a system which allows people to vote in elections - by text message.
The anonymous process leaves no link between vote and voter, and inventors claim it means ballots can be tallied precisely and checked for fraud.
It is also hoped the convenience factor will lead to higher turn-outs among younger people who are accustomed to texting their votes for reality TV shows.
- Tuesday, 09 October 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron has been shortlisted for a ‘clanger’ award at the Roses media awards, following his jibe at 80-year-old Labour MP, Dennis Skinner.
In April, The Prime Minister replied to a question from the veteran MP with the terse response:
"Well, the honourable gentleman has the right, at any time, to take his pension and I advise him to do so."
- Friday, 25 May 2012
Just 14 per cent of older people are confident the Government will find a solution to the social care crisis. Only six per cent of those aged over 55 believe the quality of social care has improved under the Coalition. 66 per cent of older people believe MPs ignore older people’s issues.
As the Coalition prepares to outline its plans for reforming social care, older people have delivered a damning review of the Government’s approach to the issue so far.
- Thursday, 26 April 2012
The All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group, one of the largest All Party Groups in Parliament has launched an inquiry on future care provision.
This Parliamentary Group is drawn from MPs and Peers from all parties across both the House of Commons and House of Lords.
The inquiry, sponsored by Partnership, will review how local authorities enable citizens to be financially independent. This will enable the Parliamentary Group to respond with authority to Government’s Social Care White Paper on the future of care and funding, expected in May.
- Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Following the final debate on the Health and Social Care Bill in the Houses of Parliament, the BMA’s Chairman of Council has called on doctors to look to the future and do what they can to “limit its more damaging aspects.”
- Response calls for a Commissioner for Older People
- Reaction to Nick Clegg’s call for a “John Lewis” economy
- Growing care crisis as charges for elderly home care top £7000 a year
- Government sets up Working Group on frozen pensions
- New report from Parliamentary Ombudsman says reform of the MP filter is long overdue
- New demands for "decent" pensions
- Frozen Out