Author Archives: Age UK

Age Champions Parliamentary Reception

Age Champions Parliamentary Reception

Age Champions Parliamentary Reception

Age UK held our Age Champions Parliamentary Reception in the House of Commons last Monday. Despite our event coinciding with one of the most eventful days in Parliament in recent years, we were delighted that over 50 MPs and Peers were able to attend and help to celebrate the achievements of our Age Champions, and hear about what actions they could take to make the UK a great place to grow older. Continue reading

Keeping up with emerging trends in information and advice

In the Information and Advice Resources team at Age UK, we want to make sure that our resources are innovative and keep up with emerging trends in information and advice. We are also committed to offering the public a positive experience in finding the information they need. So as well as producing printed guides and factsheets, and the Age UK website’s online information pages, we’ve also produced a number of videos. Continue reading

Ageing and sight loss – no time like the present

This blog post was contributed by Libby Archer, Research manager at Age UK. 

UK Vision Strategy organises the leading annual national conference for the eye health and sight loss sectors. The 2016 event, held on 16 June in London, pushed boundaries for implementing the UK Vision Strategy. Success will depend on engagement by multiple stakeholders across the wider health and social care sectors as well as the sight loss sector. Collaboration was the theme of the day. Continue reading

Guest blog: ‘We must protect sheltered housing’

 

 

Photo: Ell Brown (Creative Commons)

Photo credit: Ell Brown (Creative Commons)

There is still uncertainty about the future of sheltered housing in the social rented sector. This is important because sheltered schemes offer supportive communal housing to older people on low incomes who cannot afford retirement housing in the private sector The Government is currently reviewing its policy to place a cap on housing benefit payments for supported housing, as well as a cap on rents. This could potentially reduce the income of housing associations and their capacity to offer housing support. The ongoing financial uncertainty is also undermining the development of new sheltered schemes.
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