BRIEFINGS (EXAMPLES)

 NB Silver Voices Members can obtain back copies of specific briefings by e-mailing info@silvervoices.co.uk

  

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS 

Our Briefings 16/20, 17/20 and 18/20 covered aspects of the Coronavirus pandemic, including support for NHS and social care front line staff, conflicting advice for older people and the need for more coordinated support for vulnerable people in their own homes. Briefings for future weeks will concentrate on reflecting the views of older people during the crisis and holding the Government to account. 

BREXIT QUESTIONS REMAIN

Our Briefing 05/20 raises ten outstanding questions, that require answers, on issues of major significance to older people, now that the UK has left the EU.  

RESIDENTIAL HOMES SIPHONING OFF VAST PROFITS

Our Briefing 03/20 analyses a report highlighting how the big residential home operators (often owned by hedge funds) use various dubious techniques to suck out huge profits from the sector.

GOVERNMENT MUST KEEP ITS PROMISES

Our first Briefing of 2020 (01/20) lists some of the key promises made in the General Election campaign, which we will be expecting the Government to deliver on without delay.

AGEISM IN THE NHS

Our Briefing 52/19 concentrates on age discrimination in the provision of health services, particularly the age cut-off points for cancer screening.

PENSION AGE TO RISE AGAIN?

Our Briefing 47/19 analyses a report from an influential think-tank which proposes that the state pension age should rise to 70 by 2028 and to 75 by 2035.

RETIREMENT HOUSING

Our Briefing 43/19 highlights the appalling lack of accessible homes suitable for older people; and seeks Silver Voices members’ views on the priorities for tackling this crisis.

BREXIT AND HEALTHCARE

Briefing 40/19 describes the major risks to the health of senior citizens from a ‘No Deal’ Brexit

SCAMMERS TARGET US

Our Briefing 39/19 shows how and why scammers target vulnerable older people.

DEMENTIA DISCRIMINATION

Briefing 37/19, for members only, applauds the belated media campaigns to highlight the gross discrimination faced by those of us living with dementia.

GPs REFUSING TO PRESCRIBE MEDICINES

Our Briefing 35/19 covers the increasing difficulty of getting appointments with GPs; and the new policy of refusing to prescribe medicines that can be bought from pharmacists.

ABUSE IN CARE HOMES: STAFF AND RESIDENTS ALIKE

Briefing 34/19 covers surveys showing that poor wages and conditions in the residential care sector leads to abuse and neglect for both workers and those they care for.

CARERS: THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL TOLL

Our Briefing 30/19 during Carers’ Week describes research on the health impact of unpaid caring on the carers themselves. The response from the Government has been token.

HOUSE OF LORDS ATTACK ON PENSIONS AND BENEFITS

Briefing 27/19 publicises a disgraceful report by a House of Lords Committee which proposes scrapping the triple lock on state pensions, restrictions on free bus passes and cuts to other senior citizen benefits; all in the name of intergenerational fairness!

EXCESSIVE FUNERAL COSTS

Our Briefing 26/19 covers Silver Voices’ comments to the Competition and Markets Authority on their investigation into sharply rising funeral costs.