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Blog written by Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK The eagle has landed: today the Personalisation Plan is published, something which its supporters have looked forward to for a long time. At first glance it is a conventional NHS England document but don’t be deceived by the relatively sober wrapping – a radical heart beats …
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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 …
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Written 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. 50% of …
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Blog 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, …
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Blog 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 …
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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. Having to move home can be expensive and difficult for all age groups but is a particular issue for vulnerable older people. One …
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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 …
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Blog written by Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK 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 …
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Blog written by Angela Kitching, Head of External Affairs, Age UK The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill is in Committee in the House of Lords – unless you are an avid Parliamentary watcher, I doubt you’ve noticed. But public controversy is starting to rise about this Bill, which is about the important and hugely sensitive issue …
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Blog written by Christopher Brooks, Senior Policy Manager, Age UK Since 2012, employees have been automatically enrolled into their employer’s pension scheme, which has meant that nearly 10 million people are now saving for their later life than before. The individual, employer and government all make a contribution, and this co-funding arrangement will in most cases benefit …
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