Age UK's continuing campaigning has brought about significant
improvements for people in later life.
During the last year:
- Age UK's Policy and Campaigns Teams have been working closely with older
people, Partners and Forums to ratchet up pressure on the banks to continue to
offer cheques. On the 12 July the Payments Council announced that cheques
will stay for as long as customers need them. This is great news for the
three quarters of people over 65 who use them.
- Our More
money in your pocket campaignhelped older people claim over £100 million in
benefits that would otherwise not have been claimed.
- In July 2010, the government announced an
end to forced retirementas a result of Age UK's four-year campaign against
the default retirement age. Older workers will have the freedom to choose when
they want to retire. This is a huge victory for anyone who is at risk of being
forced out of a job because of their age.
- Over 80% of all NHS trusts in England have contacted Age UK to find out more
about our Hungry
to be heard campaign to end the malnourishment of older people in hospital.
Of these, 55% have made changes to ensure we get the food and help we need at
- As part of our 'Cut
Cake not Care' campaign, we asked campaigners to email the Chancellor of the
Exchequer George Osborne and ask him to protect vital care services for older
people. Hundreds of you did so, and your efforts were rewarded when the
Chancellor announced an extra £2 billion for adult social care in the
Comprehensive Spending Review.
- We were able to gain a cap of 18 months on the increase to State
Pension Agefor those most affected by the Government's initial proposals.
Equalisation will still take place at 65 in 2018 but the timetable for the rise
in SPA for both men and women from 65 to 66 will be delayed by 6 months. This
means that around 240,000 men and 245,000 women will receive their state pension
earlier than if the Government's original plans had been voted through. This was
not as much as we were hoping for but gives some respite to those worst
a better later life.
If you would like to be part of our campaigns, drop
us an email and we'll let you know how you can help.