MEDIA

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:

The Director of Silver Voices, Dennis Reed, can be contacted for comment on any issue impacting older people by emailing dennis.reed@silvervoices.co.uk. 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

 

24/11/21: Daily Express: Overturn Social Cap Decision: https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1526213/demand-overturn-decision-social-care-costs-boris-johnson (and Leader Column)

21/11/21: Sunday Express: Postcode Lottery for GPs: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1524668/gp-work-hours-part-time-staff-shortage-practice 

20/11/21: Daily Express: Boris Johnson Must Intervene on Free TV Licences: https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1524175/bbc-licence-fee-update-over-74-free-tv-licence-latest-boris-johnson 

19/11/21: Daily Express: BBC Blunder over TV licences: https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1523671/BBC-news-TV-Licence-fee-over-75-axe-pensioners-Silver-Voices-campaign 

18/11/21: The Guardian: Regressive Social Care Plan:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/nov/18/six-in-10-elderly-care-users-in-england-set-to-lose-out-from-costs-cap

17/11/21: Daily Mail: Bank Branches and Older People:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/millions-face-pension-poverty-mps-25471447

https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/saving/article-10208535/March-Robo-banks-Banks-cut-cashier-services-bone.html

16/11/21: inews, Daily Express, Daily Mail: Triple Lock Betrayal:

https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/state-pension-vote-triple-lock-scrapped-mps-pensioners-government-1303113

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10205887/Pensions-blow-MPs-kill-triple-lock-meaning-elderly-small-rise-year.html

https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1522092/state-pension-triple-lock-axe-rishi-sunak

 12/11/21: The Times: Booster Jabs and NHS App (behind pay wall): https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/over-60s-face-ban-from-europe-unless-nhs-app-shows-covid-booster-jab-n7l3t69wb 

10/11/21: inews: Compulsory Covid Jabs for Health and Social Care Staff:  https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/mandatory-covid-jabs-new-rules-vaccine-care-home-managers-lose-staff-poll-1293460 ( also in Times and Daily Telegraph)

6/11/21: Daily Express: BBC Customer Care Visits Start: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1517561/BBC-TV-licence-charity-campaign 

 4/11/21: inews: Triple Lock Debate: https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/state-pension-no-prospect-of-government-bringing-back-triple-lock-despite-house-of-lords-defeat-1281948 

1/11/21: Daily Express: House of Lords Triple Lock Battle: https://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/1514285/State-Pension-Triple-Lock-rishi-sunak-baroness-altman 

31/10/21: Sunday Express: Climate Change and Older People: https://silvervoices.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/808/2021/10/Green31.pdf 

30/10/21:Daily Express: Tories Will Pay a Price for Budget: https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1513412/boris-johnson-older-voters-conservatives-rishi-sunak-budget-pensioners-silver-voices 

28/10/21: inews: Budget and Pensions: https://inews.co.uk/news/politics/budget/budget-2021-pension-changes-explained-what-mean-pensioners-rishi-sunak-announcement-1272862 

28/10/21: Daily Express: Dismal Budget for Older People: https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1512376/triple-lock-pension-update-rishi-sunak-budget-2021-state-pension-payments-2022

26/10/21: i newspaper and Daily Express: Last Ditch Attempt To Save the Triple Lock:

https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/state-pension-triple-lock-peer-lord-sikka-challenge-ministers-live-basic-rate-1266852

https://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/1511107/state-pension-uk-triple-lock-retirement-UK-2021

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:

https://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/1508830/state-pension-2022-increase-rise-triple-lock-inflation-rate-uk

16/10/21: Daily Express: BBC Customer Care Visits Starting: Article and Comment Column by Dennis Reed:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1506899/fears-elderly-bbc-heavies-visit-licence-row

https://www.express.co.uk/comment/expresscomment/1506577/bbc-tv-licence-bullying-pensioners

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:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/free-tv-licence-campaigners-demand-25171517

 5/10/21: Ageism at Work: https://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/1500421/state-pension-age-uk-changes-reduce-63-increase-rise 

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:

https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/state-pension-triple-lock-suspended-older-voters-write-mps-pressure-1196350

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:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1484792/bbc-tv-licence-free-over-75s

Daily Express 31/8/21: State Pension Shortfalls:

https://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/1484141/state-pension-shortfall-amount-income-forecast-retirement

Inews 24/8/21: Threats to Conservatives on Triple Lock:

https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/state-pension-triple-lock-ends-older-people-tory-support-1163339

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:

https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1469855/boris-johnson-pension-triple-lock-figures-under-review

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”.

MEDIA EVENT

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