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Age UK Campaigning

By LifeinCharity  |  Posted: April 16, 2012

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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.

  • In July 2010, the government announced an

    end to forced retirement as 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

    hospital mealtimes.

  • 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 Age for 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


This year we are continuing to campaign to help people enjoy

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.

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  • 2ladybugs  |  April 16 2012, 11:43AM

    There is certainly a need for this charity as the elderly voice is seldom heard or listened to otherwise. When you think there is a wealth of knowledge out there which individually is seldom listened to. Collectively, as has been shown by Age Concerns achievements, it is a different matter.

  • Lecorche  |  April 16 2012, 11:25AM

    If Age UK had political candidates,I'd vote for them.

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  • mrspotter  |  April 16 2012, 10:48AM

    it's nice to know we have an organisation fightiing the corner for pensoners and older people. we are easy targets for government and counciil cuts but organiised people power might help stem this practice.