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    Care homes are stuck between a rock and a hard place

    Care homes are stuck between a rock and a hard place

    The proportion of care homes rated “inadequate” or “requires improvement” increased in 1 in 5 local authority areas in 2017. A dramatic variation in the quality of care homes at a regional and local authority level across England continues to exist. The North West is the worst performing region when it comes to the proportion […]

    15th March 2018 | By | Reply More
    Majority of MPs think social care system is not fit for purpose-Independent Age survey

    Majority of MPs think social care system is not fit for purpose-Independent Age survey

    Responding to an Independent Age survey showing the majority of MPs think the social care system is not fit for purpose, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “It is encouraging to see so many MPs across all political parties recognising the need for action to find a sustainable […]

    31st August 2017 | By | Reply More
    Independent Age announce Jo Cleary as new Chair

    Independent Age announce Jo Cleary as new Chair

    Independent Age, the older people’s charity has appointed Jo Cleary to be the next Chair of its Board of Trustees. Jo will take up the role formally at the AGM on 29th June 2017, succeeding Dame Diana Brittan, who is to step down from the post after eight years.   Jo Cleary has a wealth […]

    3rd May 2017 | By | Reply More
    Government has not addressed the social care crisis as elderly and vulnerable left to fend for themselves

    Government has not addressed the social care crisis as elderly and vulnerable left to fend for themselves

    Following today’s announcement by Sajid Javid that an extra £900m will be made available to fund social care over the next two years local authorities and care providers have commented on the funding and what it really means to the elderly and vulnerable. “Allowing local authorities to increase council tax to boost social care funding […]

    15th December 2016 | By | Reply More
    Cross-party talks needed to explore social care crisis

    Cross-party talks needed to explore social care crisis

    In response to reports that the Prime Minister is set to relax the rules on council tax rises in an attempt to help fund social care, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, the older people’s charity said:   “The level of calls across the social care sector for the government to take action has […]

    12th December 2016 | By | Reply More
    Urgent action required now to properly fund care for older people

    Urgent action required now to properly fund care for older people

    In response to the Personal Social Services: Expenditure and Unit Costs, England 2015/16, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, the older people’s charity, said: “The figures published today lay bare the devastating impact of spending cuts on care services for older people. Overall, we see spending on care services for people over 65 reduced […]

    26th October 2016 | By | Reply More
    Impact Of The Spending Review On Health And Social Care- indictment of the state of care

    Impact Of The Spending Review On Health And Social Care- indictment of the state of care

    Commenting on the Health Select Committee Report – Impact Of The Spending Review On Health And Social Care – Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, the older people’s charity, said:   “In a generally guarded report, what stands out is the Health Committee’s statement that cuts to social care funding have ‘exhausted the capacity’ […]

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    Older people’s charity reacts to Jeremy Hunt’s reappointment as Secretary of State for Health

    Older people’s charity reacts to Jeremy Hunt’s reappointment as Secretary of State for Health

    In reaction to the reappointment of Jeremy Hunt as Secretary of State for Health, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, the older people’s charity said:   “Jeremy Hunt’s reappointment as Secretary of State for Health cannot simply lead to business as usual.  His urgent priority must be to tackle the underfunding of our National […]

    14th July 2016 | By | Reply More
    Inadequate support from health services is damaging life chances of UK’s carers

    Inadequate support from health services is damaging life chances of UK’s carers

    The life chances of many of the 6.5 million people in the UK who care, unpaid, for a disabled, older or ill family member or friend, are being damaged by inadequate support from health services, according to new research launched today for Carers Week 2016 [1].   Carers are key partners in managing the care […]

    6th June 2016 | By | Reply More
    Older peoples charity responds to Jeremy Hunt’s NHS Confederation speech

    Older peoples charity responds to Jeremy Hunt’s NHS Confederation speech

    In response to Jeremy Hunt’s NHS Confederation speech, Simon Bottery, Director of Policy and External Relations at Independent Age, said:  “We welcome the Secretary of State’s intention to rate Clinical Commissioning Groups on the services they deliver to people over 70, as one of the 7 key measures against which CCGs will be measured. Older […]

    4th June 2015 | By | Reply More
    Independent Age responds to the Queen’s Speech

    Independent Age responds to the Queen’s Speech

    In response to the Queen’s Speech, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive at Independent Age, said:  “Some of the measures in today’s Queen’s Speech could herald a new approach to how we deliver local services for older people, so for example in the City Devolution Bill. But to truly deliver on its promise of security and dignity […]

    27th May 2015 | By | Reply More
    Independent Age responds to Prime Minister’s NHS speech

    Independent Age responds to Prime Minister’s NHS speech

    Independent Age responds to David Cameron’s speech on the NHS and his comments on caring for the elderly with dignity, Simon Bottery, Director of Policy and External Relations at Independent Age, said:  “We welcome David Cameron’s first big speech since the election focusing on enhancing the NHS.  Older people are the main users of NHS services […]

    18th May 2015 | By | Reply More
    Jeremy Hunt reappointed as Secretary of State for Health

    Jeremy Hunt reappointed as Secretary of State for Health

    Following Jeremy Hunt’s retention of his South West Surrey seat in the general election last week and the subsequent cabinet reshuffle David Cameron has just confirmed Jeremy Hunt’s reappointment as the Secretary of State for Health. NHS Confederation Chief Executive Rob Webster commented: “I would like to congratulate Jeremy Hunt on his reappointment and I look forward to continuing […]

    11th May 2015 | By | Reply More
    Independent Age responds to TUC report on Austerity Uncovered

    Independent Age responds to TUC report on Austerity Uncovered

    In response to the TUC report Austerity Uncovered, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive at Independent Age, said:    “These figures confirm that older people in particular are being affected by the cuts to council funding.  We already know that over two million older people living at home in England experience difficulties with key aspects of living […]

    16th January 2015 | By | Reply More
    John Sergeant to host Older People in the Media Awards 2014

    John Sergeant to host Older People in the Media Awards 2014

    Independent Age and Barchester Healthcare are thrilled to announce that one of Britain’s most accomplished journalists, John Sergeant, is to host the Older People in the Media Awards ceremony this November.   As a regular contributor to the BBC’s One Show and following his much-loved appearance on Strictly Come Dancing, John shows that reaching 70 […]

    16th October 2014 | By | Reply More
    Figures are further evidence of the unravelling of social care services in England says Independent age

    Figures are further evidence of the unravelling of social care services in England says Independent age

    Commenting on Health and Social Care Information Centre figures in today’s ‘Personal Social Services Expenditure and Costs’ report, Chief Executive of Independent Age, Janet Morrison, said:       “These figures are further evidence of the unravelling of social care services in England. Not only are councils spending less on social care, they are spending […]

    18th September 2014 | By | Reply More
    Independent Age responds to Special Measures

    Independent Age responds to Special Measures

    In response to Jeremy Hunt’s announcement of plans for special measures in care homes, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age, said:       “Jeremy Hunt’s plan to put failing care homes onto special measures is welcome. But the challenge will be to make what’s worked successfully in health also work in social care […]

    17th July 2014 | By | Reply More
    The Older People in the Media Awards 2014 now open for nominations

    The Older People in the Media Awards 2014 now open for nominations

    The Older People in the Media Awards 2014 are now open for nominations. Created by older people’s charity, Independent Age, and sponsored by Barchester Healthcare, the awards recognise and reward the best examples of media coverage concerning older people’s issues. They aim to encourage wider public debate about older people in society, and the issues […]

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