The Director of Silver Voices, Dennis Reed, can be contacted for comment on any issue impacting older people by emailing email@example.com. Silver Voices is the only independent, UK-wide membership organisation representing older people, and our membership numbers and influence are growing fast.
RECENT MEDIA ACTION
RECENT SILVER VOICES QUOTES/ MENTIONS IN NATIONAL MEDIA
26/10/21: i newspaper and Daily Express: Last Ditch Attempt To Save the Triple Lock:
25/10/21: Daily Telegraph: Replacing Train Timetables With QR Codes: https://www.msn.com/en-gb/travel/news/plot-to-replace-train-timetable-posters-with-qr-codes-triggers-safety-fears/ar-AAPTzRq?ocid=mailsignout&li=BBoPWjQ
21/10/21: Daily Express: Alzheimer’s Training for BBC Enforcement Staff: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1509642/tv-licence-fees-pensioners-alzheimers-society
20/10/21: Daily Express: State Pension Double Whammy:
16/10/21: Daily Express: BBC Customer Care Visits Starting: Article and Comment Column by Dennis Reed:
11/10/21: GPs Crisis: Front Pages of Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10078295/Health-postcode-lottery-revealed-data-shows-worst-hit-areas-served-half-GPs-best.html
10/10/21: Sunday Mail: Cost of Living Crisis: https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/markets/article-10075379/Millions-rely-basic-state-pension-face-poverty-old-age.html
9/10/21: Daily Mirror: Request for Meeting with Culture Secretary on Free Licences:
5/10/21: Daily Mail: GP appointments at Tory Conference: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10058819/Health-Secretary-says-no-problem-online-check-ups-people-want-them.html
1/10/21: Daily Express: Climate Change Survey: https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1499578/pensioners-support-climate-change
1/10/21: Daily Mail: Falling GP Appointments (also Telegraph and Express): https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10047725/Face-face-GP-appointments-fell-one-MILLION-month-despite-restrictions-scrapped.html
27/9/21: Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Daily Mail: Tim Davie Salary Increase and Over 75s’ Anger: https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1497108/fury-backlash-bbc-boss-tim-davie-pay-boost
23/9/21: Daily Express: Front Page Story Winter Fuel Payments: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1495251/winter-fuel-payments-rising-energy-bills-gas-prices
22/9/21: Daily Express: Tim Davie Comments on Free Licences: https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1494551/BBC-Tim-Davie-Brexit-comments-andrew-bridgen
20-22/9/21: Face to Face GP Appointments: Numerous national reports including: Daily Mail, Express and Telegraph
Daily Mirror 17/9/21: Senior Railcard Refunds: https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/pensioner-who-couldnt-travel-due-25008446
Inews 13/9/21: Threats to Tory Votes on Triple Lock:
Inews 8/9/21: Opinion Piece on Social Care Plan: https://inews.co.uk/opinion/boris-johnson-social-care-reform-tax-national-insurance-hit-poor-working-pensioners-1186907
Daily Express 8/9/21: Triple Lock Fury: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1488041/fury-pensioners-triple-lock-pension-freeze-one-year (also many other newspapers)
Inews 6/9/21: Winter Fuel Allowances Must be Increased: https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/state-pension-increase-winter-fuel-allowance-campaigners-triple-lock-threat-1184796
Inews 4/9/21: Triple Lock Campaign: https://inews.co.uk/news/state-pension-uk-conservatives-will-lose-votes-anger-pension-triple-lock-changes-grows-says-campaigner-1182241 (also covered in the Daily Express)
Daily Express 1/9/21: BBC/Government Negotiations on TV Licence:
Daily Express 31/8/21: State Pension Shortfalls:
Inews 24/8/21: Threats to Conservatives on Triple Lock:
Daily Telegraph 27/8/21 and subsequent issues: GP Face to Face Appointments (behind pay wall)
Daily Express 23/8/21: Free TV Licences: https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1480460/BBC-TV-licence-fee-latest-pensioners-Sliver-Voices
Daily Telegraph 21/8/21: GP Face to Face Appointments Campaign: Front Page and Leader Column (behind pay wall)
Daily Express Front Page 12/8/21: Triple Lock Warning to Chancellor: https://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/1475592/State-pension-triple-lock-latest-silver-voices-rishi-sunak
Daily Express 2/8/21: End of TV Grace Period For Over 75s (also covered in the Daily Mirror): https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1470833/BBC-TV-licence-free-pensioners-over-75s
Daily Express 30/7/21: Warnings on Triple Lock:
Daily Express 27/7/21: TV Licence Enforcement Letters: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1467943/TV-licence-warning-BBC-latest-news-over-75s-non-payment-protest-enforcement-threat-letter
Daily Express 23/7/21: BBC £40 Million Budget Loss: https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1466462/bbc-licence-fee-budget-tv-licence-over-75s-pensioners
Sunday Express 18/7/21: NHS Dentist Crisis: dentist
Daily Express 9/7/21: Threats to Triple Lock: https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1460411/triple-lock-pension-rishi-sunak-block-bumper-payout-outrage
Daily Express 6/7/21: Scrapping Free NHS Prescriptions is Economic Madness: https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1458978/nhs-free-subscriptions-age-increase-66
Inews 30/6/21: Licence Amnesty End (also covered in Mirror, Express, Mail, Telegraph and others): https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/tv-licence-over-75s-defy-calls-pay-fee-risk-jail-campaign-group-1077262
Scottish Daily Mail 30/6/21: Funeral Expenses (also covered in the Daily Mail): scottish daily mail 30.6
Daily Express 21/6/21: Threats to Triple Lock (FRONT PAGE STORY): https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1452414/pensions-triple-lock-rishi-sunak-pensioners-oap
Sunday Express 20/6/21: Face to Face Appointments with Doctors: Sunday Express 20 June 2021
Daily Mirror 18/6/21: Meeting With BBC Planned: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/tv-licences-campaigner-meet-bbc-2434858
Daily Mirror 14/6/21: House of Lords Bill on TV Licences: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/new-hope-over-75s-tv-24308666
Sunday Express 6/6/21: Abuse by Carers
Daily Mirror 1/6/21: Breaking the Impasse on Free TV licences: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/pensioners-demand-end-deadlock-row-24230012
Daily Express 20/5/21: Psychological Warfare by BBC on over 75s: https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1438744/bbc-tv-licence-fee-over-75s-letter-silver-voices
Daily Express 5/5/21: Broken Promises Over Social Care Reform https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1432230/boris-johnson-local-elections-update-results-social-care-reform
SAMPLE PRESS RELEASE 30/03/2021
COUNCIL TAX FIGHTBACK ON SOCIAL CARE
As notices of above-inflation council tax rises hit letter boxes, campaign group Silver Voices is planning local fightbacks to highlight the social care crisis affecting hundreds of thousands of older people.
Councils will be raising council tax by up to 5%, at a time when inflation stands at less than 1% and millions of people are on reduced wages and income. They are being forced to do this by the Government to pay for the increased costs of the pandemic and particularly for adult social care. Ironically, however, social care provision by local government continues to be cut and older people are being asked to pay more for a lot less support.
Before the pandemic it is estimated by the charities that 1.6 million older people in the UK were not receiving the social care support they need, and it is likely that this number is now more than 2 million. Local authorities have progressively cut back on social care over the last ten years, as a result of reducing central government funding, and eligibility criteria have been tightened up to exclude all but the most critical cases.
The Government has repeatedly promised to sort out social care ‘once and for all’ but has taken no action. The Budget contained more references to animal care than social care, which gives an idea of the warped priorities facing older people. Local authorities have delivered a decade of social care cuts, with barely a whimper of protest.
Silver Voices is urging its members to rally round those older people who have been denied the support they need, by getting their friends and neighbours to sign letters to the local authority, threatening to stop council tax direct debits unless such cases are reconsidered. Silver Voices wants local authorities, including Tory ones, to ramp up pressure on the Government.
Dennis Reed, Director of Silver Voices said: “The Government has proved itself a serial liar over sorting out the social care crisis. They are responsible if local authorities are not delivering on their duty to support the most vulnerable members of communities. Why should we accept council tax rises at five times the rate of inflation when social care is being rationed? Our action is intended to highlight the realities of the social care crisis, with hundreds of thousands denied the support they need for a dignified old age. A few hours help with dressing, cleaning, bathing and eating would make so much difference in preventing loneliness, neglect and ill-health. The fight back on social care begins now”.
Silver Voices protests with Age UK outside Tory HQ in London about the scrapping of free TV licences for the over 75s
SILVER VOICES SURVEY ON A NO PAY CAMPAIGN BY THE OVER 75s WAS A FRONT PAGE STORY IN THE DAILY MIRROR