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TRIPLE LOCK AND SOCIAL CARE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Our Briefing 48/21, dated 8 September 2021, covered the anger over the Government decision to suspend the Triple Lock on state pensions and pointed out some of the flaws in the social care reform plans.
WINTER FUEL PAYMENTS
Briefing 45/21, dated 17 August, pointed out that winter fuel payments have not been updated since 2011and that there is a need for these payments to be uplifted in line with rising energy prices.
Briefing 43/21, dated 4 August, outlined the threats to the triple lock on state pension increases and posed the question to members that if the Government scraps or suspends the lock, should we campaign for older voters to deny their vote to the Conservatives?
BENEFITS UNDER ATTACK
Briefing 39/21 dated 12 July, covered the latest advice on the free TV licences campaign, and linked it to the latest benefits threat to free prescriptions for older people
NHS DENTISTS’ CRISIS
Briefing 38/21 dated 6 July outlined the crisis in NHS dentistry services across the UK and contained a survey on members’ experiences.
Briefing 34/21 dated 16 June kicked off a debate on climate change and what contribution older people can make.
BREAKING THE IMPASSE ON FREE TV LICENCES
Briefing 31/21 dated 3 June 2021 included a Silver Voices letter to the Director General of the BBC calling for a joint approach to the Department of Culture to break the impasse over free TV licences for the over-75s.
FACE TO FACE MEETINGS WITH GPs
Briefing 30/21 dated 30 May 2021 proposes a campaign to enforce the right of patients to have a timely face to face appointment with their GP. The pressures of the pandemic are being used to alter the ways in which the NHS is delivered locally. Remote consultations only are inherently unsafe and discriminate against older patients.
UK STATE PENSION SHAME
Briefing 29/21, dated 24 May 2021, reported on damning research by the House of Commons, showing how poor the UK state pension is in comparison to other developed countries and why pensioner poverty is so high in the UK.
THE CHANGING FACE OF THE NHS
Briefing 26/21, dated 5 May 2021, outlined the insidious service transformations taking place in the NHS under cover of the pandemic, including increased charging for previously free services and refusal of face-to-face appointments with doctors.
Our Briefing 21/21 outlines the results of a major survey on the Covid-19 vaccination programme. There was strong support for a vaccine passport/certification scheme for both foreign and domestic use. And nine in ten members agreed that health and social care staff in direct contact with vulnerable people should be vaccinated.
Our Briefing 14/21 proposed a new model of retirement homes, advanced community villages, which are self-sufficient in terms of funding and retain close links with the surrounding communities. The Advanced Communities Prospectus can be accessed here:
COST OF DYING
Briefing 06/21 highlights the staggering rises in the costs of funerals over the last decade and the need for independent regulation and inspection of the funerals industry as recommended by the Competition and Markets Authority.