FREE TV CAMPAIGN
Silver Voices is leading the campaign to stop the loss of free TV licences for the over 75s. 90% of our (over 75) members have voted for a ‘gum up the works’ campaign of civil disobedience; to ensure that the cost of enforcing the licence fee is greater than the income received. The aim is to force the BBC to ask the Government to take back responsibility for this universal benefit. Join Silver Voices to take part!
PENSION CREDIT CAMPAIGN
Silver Voices is supporting the Independent Age campaign to end the low take-up of pension credit. Only 60% of those entitled to pension credit actually receive it and £3.5 billion is returned to the Treasury each year. We are calling on the Government to publish an action plan to ensure that every older person eligible for the benefit receives it. You can write to your MP to support this campaign on the following link: https://campaigns.independentage.org/pension-credit-scandal
We are campaigning against the excessive costs of funerals which are now a national disgrace, with funeral directors taking advantage of people when they at their most vulnerable. We will be trying to influence the current investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority.
FREE PERSONAL CARE CAMPAIGN
Silver Voices is strongly supporting the campaign of Independent Age for free personal care for all, on the same basis as medical care under the NHS. In the short-term we are calling on the Chancellor to provide £8 billion emergency funding for social care in his March Budget, to make inroads into the huge backlog of unmet need.
GENERAL ELECTION 2019
Silver Voices published a manifesto seeking commitments on senior citizen issues from all political parties in the General Election campaign. All our members were consulted on the policy priorities for the manifesto. The manifesto sought commitments:
- To introduce free social care, and increase funding by £8 billion to address current unmet need amongst older people
- To increase funding for the NHS (over and above that already announced) and to reverse privatisation of NHS services
- To sort out the collapsing residential homes market and rebuild public provision
- To agree a national strategy to increase the stock of accessible housing to reflect an ageing population
- To protect existing universal entitlements (bus passes, winter fuel allowances, free prescriptions and retention of free TV licences)
- To adopt a national strategy for our bus infrastructure and reverse recent cuts to bus routes
- To retain the ‘triple lock’ on state pensions and commit to move towards a ‘living pension’ rate linked to the real living wage
- To provide greater support for older carers, including eligibility for the Carer’s Allowance (those on state pension are currently ineligible)
- To restore local government funding to improve community services, libraries, highways, street lighting, parks, community transport etc.
- To extend inspection to all sheltered and supported housing for older people to prevent financial abuse and neglect
- To increase state support for dementia research and staff training
- To introduce a compensation scheme for women born in the 1950s who lost out due to a rise in the state pension age with insufficient notice
The manifesto will form the basis of our lobbying priorities with the new Government.