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Mobility, as Age UK is constantly arguing, is a key to social engagement and active ageing. Bus travel is getting better in terms of passenger information, but public services funding means bus services are frequently faltering, so using a car is often the only option. The good news is that cars are getting easier to drive, and wholly ‘autonomous’ cars are just over the horizon. Continue reading
Posted in Consumers, Queen's Speech, Transport
Tagged Age UK, Age UK blog, Ageing, ageing population, ageing society, Driverless cars, Mobility Roadshow 2016, Modern Transport Bill, older people
There were few surprises in this year’s Queen’s Speech which sets out the Government’s to do list for this parliament. As always, we await further details as the full Bills and proposals are published. A number of welcome plans were announced, mostly representing a continuation of promises made before the General Election –increasing investment into the NHS by £8bn a year by 2020, a seven-day NHS and increased integration of health and social care.
The Government also reconfirmed its manifesto commitment to maintain the triple lock for the basic state pension for the remainder of this Parliament, and to continue to protect Winter Fuel Payments, free bus passes, TV licences and free prescriptions for pensioners. Continue reading
Posted in Government, Queen's Speech
Tagged #HumanRights, Age UK, Age UK blog, Ageing, ageing population, ageing society, equality and human rights older people, older people, Queen's Speech, Queen's Speech 2015