Thursday, December 14, 2017


1 in 4 pensioners struggling to make ends meet under Tories, research shows

Nearly 3million over 65's admit to finding life a financial struggle, new research from Age UK reveals.

Tory winter fuel allowance cut puts 4,000 lives at risk, claims Labour

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell says taking £300 annual payment away from millions of pensioners would contribute to rise in winter deaths.

600,000 pensioners could lose winter fuel allowance under LibDem plans

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has vowed to scrap winter fuel allowance for wealthier pensioners.

Councils need ‘full flexibility’ on how they spend £2bn social care funding

Council leaders say local authorities in England should be able to target the extra cash where it's needed most.

Council Tax rises not enough to fix the social care crisis

Social care in England faces a funding gap of at least £2.6 billion by 2020.

Older people to get help to downsize to free up family homes

Housing white paper to incentivise building of sheltered accommodation to encourage older people to sell large houses.

Jeremy Corbyn calls for ‘urgent action’ over the deepening social care crisis

The Labour leader has written to Theresa May, calling for "urgent talks" to address a deepening crisis in adult social care.

Tory incompetence has pushed social care to the brink – and you’re paying for it

Why should the public be made to foot the bill for Tory incompetence?

Shock figures show Tory plans are ‘making social care worse’

Flagship scheme to keep elderly out of hospital missing targets and council tax rise ‘too small to alleviate cutbacks’.

Radical plan for old age as leak reveals care crisis

People likely to be urged to put money aside to cover their own costs.

Care home rooms now cost more than £30,000 a year

Government accused of having no strategy as figures show average pensioner’s income would not even cover six months of care.

Government ‘Carer’s Strategy’ must deliver improved support for unpaid carers

Carers UK has set out its vision of a society that respects, values and supports carers.

Doubts grow over ‘totemic’ cash pledge to pensioners

Triple-lock protection too costly, says former pensions minister, as work and pensions department refuses to rule out review.

Half of pensioners rely on benefits to maintain their quality of life

More than half of pensioners would have to make significant alterations to their lifestyles if not for the benefits system, according to new research.

Poorest ‘hit hardest’ by state pension age rises, say Age UK

Groups with low life expectancy should be able to 'get state pension early', say Age UK.

Tory failure to address housing challenges for carers ‘a national health issue’

A leading charity says a lack in credible housing policy from Government to address the care needs of older and disabled people represents a 'national health issue'. Research published by Carers UK reveals how poor housing and care policy is...

Caring in later life significantly harms employment prospects

Age UK and Carers UK call for fresh approach to support those juggling work and unpaid care.

£1bn social care funding gap will have ‘worrying consequences’ for vulnerable people

New research highlights fundamental problems concerning how different social care services will be affected in the future.

One Million Older Pensioners In The UK Living In Poverty, Report Says

Pensioners aged 75 and over are on average £59 a week worse off than younger pensioners, according to a worrying new report.

Disabled Great-Grandad Forced To Crawl Upstairs Because Council Refuse To Fit Stairlift

Gordon Fraser, 73, has to crawl up the stairs in his home because Dundee City Council says fitting a stairlift would be a health and safety hazard.

National Living Wage Hits Services Already At Breaking Point – LGA

Local Government Association organising summit on funding crisis in care for elderly and disabled people.

Warm Homes Discount Scheme Delays Leave Vulnerable People In The Cold

Pensioners and others who qualify for help to meet higher winter fuel bills are not being paid until end of February or March.

Plans To Hand Control Of £5bn Benefit To Councils ‘Could Restrict Older People’s Care’

Responsibility for attendance allowance could be transferred to local authorities, but critics say it is disguised cost-cutting.

Elderly ‘At The Mercy’ Of Care Home Price Hikes

As many as 22,000 care home residents have seen care costs increase by an average £900 in the last year, says Citizens Advice.

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