Why the Government is wrong to change the pension credit rules

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Blog written by Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK

It was early Monday evening: darkness had fallen and in Westminster all attention was on the ‘meaningful vote’ in Parliament the following day. On College Green the media tents were being erected and ‘beyond the bubble’ the news bulletins contained little other than speculation about how the vote would turn out.

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Help us to help you this winter

John, who lives in a cold homeWritten by Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England and Executive Director at NHS England

Getting the flu can be a miserable experience for anyone. Even when you are fit and healthy, flu can knock you for six, and for older people in particular it can lead to serious health problems like pneumonia.

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The NHS Plan: what will it mean for older people?

John, who lives in a cold homeBlog written by Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK

So here it is at last, well over a hundred pages of it. If you delve into the detail, especially the really chunky first chapter which sets out the new model of care the NHS wants to develop to make it fit for the 21st century, you will find plenty of relevance to the 12 million or so older people in this country: quite right too, given they are the principal users of the NHS.

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Human rights are for us: ordinary people with ordinary lives

Julie-Binysh-Leila-Hoffman-Alfred-Hoffman-189x300Blog written by Emily McCarron, Policy Manager for Equality and Human Rights, Age UK

This week I attended the world premiere of Sunrise, not Sunset, a wonderful film directed by human rights advocate and campaigner, Debora Singer MBE. The film is about Edith and Sydney, who have been married for over 60 years and who now require varying levels of care. Sydney lives in Sunrise, because Edith is no longer able to provide Sydney with the care he requires but she is hoping to get a place in the same care home so that they can spend the rest of their days together. But when Edith is offered a place in another care home, Sunset, ten miles away from Sydney, she and her adult daughter Judith are heartbroken. However, hope comes in the form of Sydney’s wonderful carer who tells Judith about the Human Rights Act and how they can use the Act to uphold Sydney and Edith’s right to private and family life. The film is touching, personable, funny and uplifting.

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Longer tenancies would be good news for older private renters

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Blog written by Lisabel Miles, volunteer with Age UK London.

In July, the Government announced that it was going to look at how private landlords could be encouraged to offer longer tenancies. It has received over 8,000 responses to its consultation paper.

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Staying safe at home

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Blog written by Joe Oldman, Housing and Transport Policy Manager, Age UK

We know that safe and accessible housing promotes health, wellbeing, and independence and prevents unnecessary injuries, accidents, and deaths. But for many older people, carers and professionals, finding information about different aspects of home safety and accident prevention can mean trawling through numerous websites to find what they need.

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Brexit and social care: are we underestimating the threat

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There is much speculation at present about the likely impact on social care of the Government’s forthcoming Budget, Local Government Funding Settlement, Spending Review and Green Paper – assuming the latter ever gets published that is. But amidst the discussion about all these things are we at risk of overlooking something else? Namely, the threat posed by ‘Brexit’ to the provision of care in this country? This question is particularly pertinent after the Government’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) produced a report a couple of weeks ago, suggesting that low skilled workers from the EU should no longer have any preferential rights to come to this country post Brexit[i]. In an earlier report the MAC said that they considered care workers to fall into this low skilled category, placing a big question mark over their contribution to care provision in this country in future[ii]. It is worth adding at this point that Age UK believes the MAC got this badly wrong: care workers may be low paid but that is not at all the same as saying they are low skilled.

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