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Blog from Later Life Ambitions - party Manifestos on the future of Social Care Blog from Later Life Ambitions - party Manifestos on the future of Social Care
Added: 26 May 2017
This Blog from Later Life Ambitions explores how cross-party working to secure a future for our social care system may be at last within reach LLA Social Care Blog
 
Message of Support from AGE Platform Europe Message of Support from AGE Platform Europe
Added: 24 May 2017
We have received a thoughful message of support from our friends at AGE platform Europe:

Dear AGE members in UK,
We are once again shocked by what happened yesterday evening in Manchester. On behalf of AGE members we wish to send you our most sincere condolences for the lost lives and our warm support to their families and those who were hurt in the attack.
Hoping that you, your loved ones and your colleagues are all safe, I assure you that all my thoughts are with you all after what happened yesterday.
It’s only barely a year ago that we went through a similar nightmare in Brussels, preceded and followed by too many other attacks.
We will never get used to such violence. Yet we will continue to believe that the only way forward is through an inclusive society where everyone feels valued.

Kindest regards,

Anne-Sophie

Anne-Sophie Parent

Secretary General


 
Manchester Arena Bombing- Charity for Civil Servants AssistanceManchester Arena Bombing- Charity for Civil Servants Assistance
Added: 23 May 2017
If you are or ever have been a civil servant - or know someone who is - and you or they have been affected by the horrific incident in Manchester, please contact The Charity for Civil Servants for support as they may be able to help.

Call their confidential Freephone helpline on 0800 056 2424 (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm), contact them at help@foryoubyyou.org.uk or download their emergency application form

 
Manifesto Overview:what the parties are promising older people Manifesto Overview:what the parties are promising older people
Added: 19 May 2017
Later Life Ambitions have produced a useful blog "Manifesto overview: what the parties are promising older people"

The blog allows for easy comparison between the main party manifestos to help you decide which policies would work best for you.

click on this link: https://connectpa.co.uk/manifesto-overview-parties-promising-older-people/
 
Conservative Party Manifesto published Conservative Party Manifesto published
Added: 18 May 2017

The Conservative party have published their Manifesto. Areas of interest to the Alliance members include, their plan to remove the underpinning 2.5% from the triple lock after 2020, so that state pension will increase by either rate of inflation (currently CPI) or the rate of increase in earnings. They will also introduce means-testing for Winter Fuel Payments to focus on those most at risk of fuel poverty. All other pensioner benefits, including free bus passes, eye tests, prescriptions and TV licences for those over 75 will be maintained. The Conservatives say they will secure the entitlements of EU nationals in Britain and British nationals in the EU, but the uprating of state pensions overseas is not specifically mentioned .
https://www.conservatives.com/manifesto

 
Labour Party Manifesto published Labour Party Manifesto published
Added: 18 May 2017
The Labour Party have published their manifesto. We are very pleased to see that they have met many of our concerns by pledging to maintain the state pension ’Triple Lock’, Winter Fuel Allowance and free bus pass throughout the next Parliament, as well as protecting the state pension of those living overseas and seeking a fair settlement for those women affected by the rapid increase in state pension age.
http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/manifesto2017
 
Liberal Democrat Party Manifesto published Liberal Democrat Party Manifesto published
Added: 18 May 2017
The Liberal Democrat Party have published their manifesto. We are very pleased to see that they have met our concerns by pledging to maintain and free bus pass throughout the next Parliament, as well as Maintaining the ‘triple lock’ of increasing the state pension each year by the highest of earnings growth, prices growth or 2.5%. They have also said that they will withdraw eligibility for the Winter Fuel Payment from pensioners who pay tax at the higher rate (40%). In addition the Liberal Democrats state that they will urge the government, and use their influence with Liberal leaders in European countries, to secure rights for UK citizens living in European Union countries, but uprating of state pension overseas is not specifically mentioned.
http://www.libdems.org.uk/manifesto

 
Make sure your parliamentary candidates commit to support older people if they are elected on 8 JuneMake sure your parliamentary candidates commit to support older people if they are elected on 8 June
Added: 12 May 2017
As members will know, the Alliance is part of Later Life Ambitions, a group that campaigns on issues to ensure that older people can lead an ambitious later life.

A general election is an important time for us to raise issues and make requests on politicians for policies that we feel can make a huge, positive difference to the lives of millions of older people.

This is why, ahead of the general election on 8 June 2017, we are asking members to write to their local parliamentary candidates to ask them to make commitments to support the following issues:

Urgently establish a cross-party solution to the long term funding of social care

Maintain the pensions triple-lock

Maintain universal pensioner benefits

Stand up for pensioners during the Brexit process

To secure the policy commitments we are seeking, we need MPs to advocate and campaign on these issues in the new parliament – and the ideal opportunity to do that is now, whilst they are campaigning to secure your vote.

This is why Later Life Ambitions has created a toolkit to help you write to your local candidates to put forward our policy proposals and ask them to commit to representing your views in Parliament should they be elected.

You can find and download the toolkit here; general-election-2017 toolkit where there is also additional information about how you find our who your local candidates are, and how you can raise older people’s issues with them.

We hope you will support Later Life Ambitions in building support for older people during this general election, and into the next parliament.

Thank You !!

 
Health Committee findings on Brexit and Staffing Health Committee findings on Brexit and Staffing
Added: 28 Apr 2017
The Alliance welcomes the latest report form the Health Committee which has been examining the possible impact of Brexit on staffing levels in the NHS and in Social Care in the UK. The report states that the future rights and entitlements of nationals from other EU countries must be assured so that workers will still choose to come to the UK, and that the UK’s exit from the EU working time directive must be considered with regards to future working practices.
 
Latest Inflation Figures  2017Latest Inflation Figures 2017
Added: 18 Apr 2017
The Government’s preferred measure of inflation, the Consumer Prices index (CPI) stayed at 2.3% in the twelve months to March 2017 the same as February. CPIH which includes some housing costsbut not currently a national statistic also stayed at 2.3% in the twelve months to March 2017 the same as February.
The Retail Prices Index (RPI) no longer a national statistic, fell to 3.1% in the twelve months to March 2017 compared to 3.2% in February.
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has previously announced that RPIJ was being scrapped as a measure of inflation and that only the RPI and RPIX indices would continue to be compiled and published in the future. The ONS has also previously announced that its preferred measure of inflation was CPIH but that this would still not be a national measure of inflation until or unless the UK Statistics Authority, the Regulator agreed that CPIH should be restored as a national measure of inflation, which was expected to be sometime during April 2017.
 
Maintenance Work at HQ Office Thursday 13 April Maintenance Work at HQ Office Thursday 13 April
Added: 13 Apr 2017
We are undergoing some electical maintenance and repair work at our HQ Offices today. This means that the office will close from approximately 2pm on Thursday 13 April. Normal service will resume at 9am on Tuesday 18 April.

Best Wishes for the Easter Holiday weekend!
 
We need your views on later life employment We need your views on later life employment
Added: 13 Apr 2017
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey online here:
https://connectpa.co.uk/need-views-later-life-employment/
 
Later Life Ambitions response to the Cridland Review on State Pension Age Later Life Ambitions response to the Cridland Review on State Pension Age
Added: 24 Mar 2017
Our response to the Cridland Review is at the link below:

https://connectpa.co.uk/later-life-ambitions-response-cridland/
 
 Access to Exclusive Members’ Benefits & Services
Added: 24 Mar 2017
We have been receiving alot of interest and telephone calls on how to access the CSPA Website as Members of the Alliance. Please refer to your latest edition of The Pensioner magazine (Issue 268) on page 7 this will give you instructions and information about the Exclusive Membership Offers & Services.
 
 
Added: 24 Mar 2017
 
Cridland Review PublishedCridland Review Published
Added: 24 Mar 2017
The Cridland Review into the State Pension Age has been published. The review focus is on recommendations on State Pension age arrangements post-2028, when State Pension age will have reached 67.

The key finding of the review is that the State Pension age should rise to 68 over the two year period 2037–2039. This would provide a “greater measure of intergenerational fairness,” and would also make a contribution to the fiscal sustainability of the State Pension. Similarly, the review recommends that to ensure fiscal sustainability, uprating of the State Pension should be held to the earnings link and not the Triple Lock.
 
Help from the Charity for Civil ServantsHelp from the Charity for Civil Servants
Added: 08 Mar 2017
The Alliance is helping to spread the word about the support that the Charity for Civil Servants can offer. The video at the link below is a good illustration of some of the help they have given. The Charity may be able to help if you are a past or current Civil Servant.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqulegL-raQ
 
2017 Budget Survey2017 Budget Survey
Added: 27 Feb 2017
LLA has launched a member survey ahead of the 2017 Budget. Please take 5-minutes to share your views:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FQJGJDG

If you were Chancellor, how would you use the Budget to best support pensions? Share your views
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FQJGJDG

Social Care, health, transport, pensions, universal benefits. Where would you prioritise if you were Chancellor?
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FQJGJDG

Thank you for taking part.


 
RPI/CPI and 2017 Pension IncreasesRPI/CPI and 2017 Pension Increases
Added: 23 Feb 2017
Since April 2011, public service (including civil service) pensions have been increased with reference to the previous September’s CPI rather than RPI figures. That means civil service pensions in April 2017 will increase by 1.0%

The basic state retirement pension and the new single-tier state pension, however, are increased in line with what is known as the triple-lock arrangement - the best of inflation (CPI) increases in average earnings or the underpinning minimum of 2.5%

Because for September 2016 the CPI figure was 1.0% and the increase in average earnings 2.3%, the basic state retirement pension and the new single-tier state pension, will be increased by 2.5% from April 2017.
 
CSPA and Later Life Ambitions response to Report on Intergenerational Fairness CSPA and Later Life Ambitions response to Report on Intergenerational Fairness
Added: 13 Feb 2017
The Resolution Foundation’s Intergenerational Commission has published a new report on incomes and inequality between and within generations which claims that average pensioner incomes have overtaken typical working-age incomes for the first time, and pensioners are now disproportionately unlikely to be in poverty.
Read our response to the report in the blog from Later Life Ambitions at the link below:
http://connectpa.co.uk/end-zero-sum-game-pensioners-millennials/
 
WASPI protest at Westminster 8th MarchWASPI protest at Westminster 8th March
Added: 10 Feb 2017
The Alliance has been supporting the Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign to protest about the rapid increase in state pension age which has left some women with insufficient time to plan their retirement finances.

The Campaign is holding a protest in Westminster on 8th March and are calling upon supporters to join them and/or ask their MP to register their support for fair transitional arrangements.
More information is on the website: http://www.waspi.co.uk/
 
Possible GP Charges - 38 Degrees Campaign on funding NHS Possible GP Charges - 38 Degrees Campaign on funding NHS
Added: 27 Jan 2017
Members may have heard that some GP leaders have floated the idea of charging to perform services for patients that fall outside the surgery’s contracted NHS work.

An article by the Guardian newpapers says:

"A spokeswoman for NHS England has said that GPs could not charge patients for accessing normal NHS services, such as routine appointments, but said nothing about family doctors possibly levying fees for private care.

Some GPs – who are not employed directly by the NHS – already charge patients for writing letters for them relating to, for example, insurance claims or holiday vaccinations.

The BMA insisted the plans set out were not a BMA proposal and described them as “clearly not fully developed”."

The Alliance continues to support sufficient and sustainable funding for the NHS. You can support the 38 Degrees campaign by clicking on this link:

https://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/nhs-funding-england
 
Grandparents may be missing out on NI contributionsGrandparents may be missing out on NI contributions
Added: 23 Jan 2017
If you are below state pension age, and have given up work to look after your Grandchildren, you may qualify for National Insurance Credits. See the link below and tell your friends too!http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38654321
 
Later Life Ambitions response to crisis in NHS and Social Care Later Life Ambitions response to crisis in NHS and Social Care
Added: 10 Jan 2017
Later Life Ambitions- our campaign with the National Association of Retired Police Officers and the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners, together represents over 250,000 pensioners. We have issued a press release in response to the worsening crisis in the NHS and Adult Social Care. We all need to keep up the pressure on decision makers!
The press release can be found online here: https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/ek0hBQp8Iv
 
Results of December Health and Care Survey Results of December Health and Care Survey
Added: 10 Jan 2017
Thanks to those of you who took part in our Later Life Ambitions Health and Care Survey.We are able to use these survey results to campaign on these important areas and tell decision makers what you think!

http://connectpa.co.uk/later-life-ambitions/results-later-life-ambitions-health-social-care-survey-2016/
 
HAPPY NEW YEARHAPPY NEW YEAR
Added: 31 Dec 2016
To all members of the Alliance, we wish you a happy, healthy and contented year in 2017. We look forward to working with you in the coming year.
 
Government Consultation on Post Offices 38 degreesGovernment Consultation on Post Offices 38 degrees
Added: 19 Dec 2016
please see the current campaigns page to see how you can participate in the consultation that could see big changes made to the rules around access to local post offices. Thank You for your support!
 
Conservatives and Labour spilt over the triple-lock Conservatives and Labour spilt over the triple-lock
Added: 16 Dec 2016
The Alliance is fighting with our colleagues in the Later Life Ambitions Campaign to protect universal pensioner benefits and the state pension triple-lock. Read our blog at the link below

http://connectpa.co.uk/conservatives-labour-split-triplie-lock/
 
Can Civil Servants Top Up the value of their Single Tier State Pension? Can Civil Servants Top Up the value of their Single Tier State Pension?
Added: 14 Dec 2016
Steve Webb, ex- pensions Minister has replied to the above question on the This is Money Website. Members may find his response useful ;
http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/pensions/article-3838476/Can-pay-new-state-pension-Steve-Webb-replies.html
 
Is the PM beginning to care about Social Care?Is the PM beginning to care about Social Care?
Added: 13 Dec 2016
Social Care has been in the news again over the last few days. The Later Life Ambitions Campaign (the Alliance with colleagues in NARPO and NFOP) has published a blog about the debate on the unfolding crisis.
https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/A7xUBAazhd
 
Later Life Ambitions want your views! December SurveyLater Life Ambitions want your views! December Survey
Added: 05 Dec 2016
Thank you to everyone who took part in our Autumn Statement Survey 2016. The survey results revealed the most important issue for older people over the next 5 to 10 years is health and social care. So we’re focussing the December Survey on health and social care. Please take part by clicking on the link here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/laterlifedec16
 
Flooding- Emergency Help available from the Charity for Civil Servants Flooding- Emergency Help available from the Charity for Civil Servants
Added: 22 Nov 2016
Flooding: Emergency Help Available from The Charity for Civil Servants

Once again storms have brought flash flooding across the UK, seeing many homes flooded and people’s livelihoods lost. The Charity for Civil Servants can offer support. If you are a civil servant, current, former or retired, they are there to help you through these emergency situations.

If you are in an emergency situation and affected by flooding or other extreme weatherand need to speak to someone, call the confidential Freephone helpline on 0800 056 2424. Or download their specific application form https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/9lAiB430u8

 
Report on Intergenerational FairnessReport on Intergenerational Fairness
Added: 09 Nov 2016
The Work and Pensions Select Committee has published a new report on Intergenerational Fairness. Later Life Ambitions (the Alliance’s joint campaign with NARPO and NFOP) is particularly pleased that the committee has taken the evidence we submitted into account. A link to our blog in response to the report is below;https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/wr1CBvL3Td
 
LLA responds to the House of Lords Inquiry into Financial ExclusionLLA responds to the House of Lords Inquiry into Financial Exclusion
Added: 23 Sep 2016
The Later Life Ambitions Campaign (CSPA with NARPO and NFOP respresenting over a quarter of a million pensioners ) have sent a response to the House of Lords Financial Exclusion Committee. We raised important points on behalf of our members about the need to offer an alternative to online banking and the closure of Bank Branches and Post Offices meaning that counter banking facilities are becoming more rare. Difficulties in reaching bank branches are exacerbated by poor transport services, especially in rural areas. This also increases social isolation and impacts on an older persons’ independence. Thank you to those of you who helped with this by submitting your stories!
 
Costs of Social Care Costs of Social Care
Added: 15 Sep 2016
Many people do not realise that they will have to pay for social care if they dont meet increasingly strict criteria. The BBC have published this useful tool which allows you to see costs and provison of care in your area.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37307856#gssid=E09000008
 
State Pension Age is changing in 2020State Pension Age is changing in 2020
Added: 14 Sep 2016
No longer in Government Baroness Altmann has once again become more vocal on Pensions issues. She is calling on the Government to make sure that changes in the State Pension Age, due from October 2020, are widely publicised.

http://www.pensionsage.com/pa/Altmann-urges-DWP-to-run-national-SPA-advertising-campaign.php
 
Social Care Funding - you can help!Social Care Funding - you can help!
Added: 01 Sep 2016
Please see the Current Campaigns page for details of how you can help with our campaign for sustainable funding of Adult Social Care
 
Social Care Inquiry-Thank you!Social Care Inquiry-Thank you!
Added: 24 Aug 2016
Following item 3 in GC 837 which requested details of members’ experiences of adult social care, the Alliance has put a submission under the auspices of the Later Life Ambitions Campaign to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee, which is carrying out an inquiry into the financial sustainability of adult social care.

Our submission to the cross-party group of MPs was rooted in the experience of some of the 250,000 members that the Later Life Ambitions campaign represents. We are extremely grateful to everyone who participated.

Together with NARPO and NFOP, we have recommended a series of steps that the Government could take to improve the quality of care across the country and to make its delivery more cost-efficient:

Further details of our submission can be found at this link
https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/GgrsBX7Wu5
 
Members’ BenefitsMembers’ Benefits
Added: 23 Aug 2016
You can access Members’ Benefits on this website page by logging in at the top righthand corner. The password is for members only and is published in The Pensioner magazine. Click on page headed ’Membership’ then sub-heading ’Membership Benefits’. You will then be able to access membership benefits on-line!
 
Intergenerational Fairness Index published Intergenerational Fairness Index published
Added: 23 Aug 2016
The Intergenerational Foundation (an independent non- party-political charity) has published its intergenerational fairness index for 2016. The index finds that ’ the social pillars of society are under threat. They are held up by a social contract between generations- one that helps us when we are born, see us through our education, help us when we have children, or are ill and helps us as we age until we die. When one pillar is damaged or removed, the entire structure is at risk’

http://www.if.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/2016-IF-Index.pdf
 
Dementia Atlas LaunchedDementia Atlas Launched
Added: 18 Aug 2016
An interactive “dementia atlas” has been published by the Department of Health, which shows that standards of care vary widely in different areas. The atlas highlights that in some parts of England, 85.8% of dementia patients have their care looked at every year, while in others 49.3% receive the same service. Similarly, while some areas have as many as 8,000 ‘dementia friends’ available to help sufferers, others have none at all. The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt said that the data would “shine a spotlight” on the areas with the worst performance and drive improvements across the country. Speaking to the Guardian, however, the Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson, Norman Lamb said that the data is “more evidence of the NHS and the care system on its knees.”

https://shapeatlas.net/dementia/#6/52.955/-2.153/l-p65
 
Care .Data by any other name......Care .Data by any other name......
Added: 12 Aug 2016
We reported last month that Care.data had been scrapped
However, news has now come to light that this work may now continue but without the knowledge of patients!
One of the schemes to replace care.data is called the “Single GP dataset”. The government’s review into care.data proposes to send all patient records from family GPs to the central database without the express consent of patients. Once in the system, it can be “sold” to any customers of the ‘Health and Social Care Information centre”, including private companies. We in the Alliance do not think that information about your health should be passed on without your consent. A petition to protest about these developments is at the link below:

https://actions.sumofus.org/a/scrap-the-sale-of-our-medical-records/?akid=21308.8114026.kO7f_m&rd=1&source=fwd&t=2
 
Brexit- What happens next?Brexit- What happens next?
Added: 08 Aug 2016
Following the vote to leave the EU there are still lots of questions about the process and impact the referendum will have on the future of the UK. This useful briefing paper from the House of Commons Library may be of interest if you are wondering ’What next?’

http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-7632
 
To be aware when switching energy supplier To be aware when switching energy supplier
Added: 05 Aug 2016
Thinking of switching energy supplier? Members who are in receipt of an energy rebate should check if their intended supplier also provides this most helpful assistance before making the change.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/09/elderly-at-risk-of-losing-140-energy-rebate-if-they-switch-suppl/


 
The New Single Tier State Pension from 6 April  2016The New Single Tier State Pension from 6 April 2016
Added: 07 Apr 2016
From April 6th 2016 a new state pension comes into operation. This applies only to those who reach retirement age ON or AFTER that date. If this will affect you, we think it is worth having a look at the Information Pages on the new Single Tier State Pension at this link:
https://www.gov.uk/new-state-pension/overview
 
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