Author Archives: Age UK

New rules to serve up better food for NHS patients and staff

Spaghetti bolognaiseIn this blog post, Dianne Jeffrey,  Chairman of Age UK and Chair of the Hospital Food Standards Panel, discusses the new mandatory food standards for the NHS.

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New plans for private pensions – Age UK’s response

Scrabble pieces spelling the work 'pension'

In March, the Chancellor announced some dramatic changes to the rules on how people can access their pension pots from defined contribution schemes in his budget.  Age UK has just submitted its response to the Government’s formal consultation.

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The Queen’s Speech – What was good and what was missing

Photo by Michael Garnett licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic.

The changes to the private pensions system were the big announcements affecting older people in this year’s Queen’s Speech, bringing into effect the shake-up of the annuities regime that was announced in the Budget in March.

While these measures, if done properly, are very welcome, the Government missed a big opportunity to introduce legislation to protect more vulnerable older people from abuse, and to seriously address cold homes, which over a million older people are estimated to find themselves in every year.

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Too old and ugly to be useful? Challenging negative representations of older people

This guest blog was contributed by Dr Ilona Haslewood, Programme Manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

As part of the latest British Academy Debates series on ageing on 26 March, five contributors, including myself, discussed representations of older people  in literature, arts, culture and the media, under the somewhat challenging title of ‘Too old and ugly to be useful?. Ultimately, it was a foregone conclusion from the start: none of us could disagree with the basic claim that current representations are still overwhelmingly negative, showing older age as a period of decline, something to be fearful of. So what’s there to learn, then? A lot, it seems, both from history and from the present.

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