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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.

LATEST PRESS RELEASES

09/03/2020 CORONAVIRUS: CALL FOR EMERGENCY REGISTERS OF VULNERABLE PEOPLE

Silver Voices, the membership organisation for senior citizens, has called for every local authority to set up an emergency virus register for isolated vulnerable people in their localities. 

Dennis Reed, Director of Silver Voices stated, “we are really worried that the country is unprepared for a coronavirus epidemic. Millions of older people live alone and are socially isolated and it is these people whose lives are the most at risk from this virus. Many will struggle to access online information and could run short of vital supplies of food and medicines. Local authorities should now be setting up emergency committees to prepare for an epidemic to coordinate work with health trusts, social care providers, the public utilities and the voluntary sector. A register should be set up in every locality of isolated and vulnerable people in the community. Families and neighbours should be able to propose people for inclusion on such registers. Regular tabs should then be kept on the health and welfare of these individuals using an army of public service workers and volunteers”.  

18/02/2020  CALL TO BBC TO DELAY SCRAPPING OF FREE LICENCES

Silver Voices, the membership organisation for the over 60s, is calling on the BBC to change its tune on free TV licences and to delay implementing the policy until its financial position is clear.

Dennis Reed, the Director of Silver Voices, said

“The Government has changed the playing field on the BBC’s finances by consulting on decriminalising non-payment of the licence fee and threatening to abolish the licence altogether. The BBC is now fully entitled to push back and call on the Government to take back responsibility for this universal benefit. In the meantime, the BBC should win back the support of its most loyal viewers by deferring the withdrawal of free licences, so that further talks can take place with Government”.

Silver Voices has asked for a meeting with the BBC to discuss this call. Our proposal to ‘gum up the works’ if the BBC presses ahead with the policy on 1 June, has received widespread support from older people and will be effective in ensuring that the cost of enforcement is greater than the income received.

14/1/20 SOCIAL CARE CRISIS

Boris Johnson continues to talk big on social care but delay action. He lied about there being a “clear plan” for social care outside Downing Street on his first day in office. Then after his Party won the election, he promised that cross party talks would start within the first 100 days of his Government to resolve the social care crisis. Now, in an interview with the BBC he says, “we will bring forward a plan this year and we will get it done within this Parliament”. So, he is giving himself five years to sort out a crisis where 1.4 million older people are already not getting the support they need.

Dennis Reed, Director of Silver Voices, commented, “Boris Johnson has promised that no senior citizen will in future have to sell their home to pay for their care. But an average of 50 older people a day are being forced to do just that now. In five years, if that is how long it takes, nearly 100,000 people will have found that this promise was worthless”.

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 IN 2019