- 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.”
- Thursday, 16 February 2012
Nick Sanderson, Chairman of the Association of Retirement Villages and CEO of Audley Retirement Villages, said:
“It’s high time that the needs of older people were recognised and met. The appointment of a dedicated Commissioner would boost the focus on later life issues but it will only work if the role is filled by a member of the later life community who is supported by a team drawn from the same peer group."
- Monday, 16 January 2012
Nick Clegg today called for a move to employee share ownership as model for the future and stated that the government would be promoting this approach.
This model was seen by Clegg as responsible capitalism at its best. He claimed that it was important for employees to have a stake in their companies and that this model led to higher productivity and wages and less absenteeism.
- Tuesday, 03 January 2012
A new survey of care provided by local councils, published today by Labour, reveals shocking increases and wide disparities in charges for services for vulnerable elderly and disabled people.