We have secured the support of around 70 Parliamentarians across all major political parties in both houses of Parliament.
Our Champions campaign on the issues that matter most to their constituents in later life – harnessing our evidence based research to deliver positive change and amplify the voices of people in later life in Parliament.
What support can Independent Age provide to Champions?
We share regular briefings to ensure our Champions are always kept up to date with our latest research, key campaign developments and relevant data on their constituency.
How can Champions support our work?
We encourage MPs from all political parties and Peers to table PQs, contribute to relevant debates, attend our events at Westminster, pledge support for our campaigns on social media and signpost our advice guides at constituency clinics.
Latest developments with our #CreditWhereItsDue campaign
Our latest analysis of worsening trends in pensioner poverty – released in June 2021 – calls for innovative action from government to tackle low Pension Credit uptake.
More than 2 million people in later life now live in poverty in the UK – at 18 per cent this is the highest level in almost a decade. Yet up to 1 million pensioners are eligible for but missing out on their entitlement to Pension Credit – the lowest uptake rate for any income related benefit.
By working to ensure that everyone who is entitled to Pension Credit receives it, the Government has the opportunity to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of older people, while also making long-term savings in government spending.
Cross Party Letter to Pensions Minister
With the continued support of our Parliamentary Champions, Pension Credit take up remains a cross party priority.
Over 1,300 Independent Age campaigners wrote to their local MP asking them to sign our Cross Party Letter to Pensions Minister, Guy Opperman MP, calling on the government to take innovative and comprehensive action to boost Pension Credit uptake. The cross party letter, backed by 23 MPs from the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, the SNP, Plaid Cymru and Alba Party, was issued to the Minister on 30th June 2021.
Pension Credit raised with Minister
Liz Twist MP raised the issue directly with the Pensions Minister in Parliament calling on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to produce an action plan to increase Pension Credit uptake among the lowest income pensioners. We also had some fantastic press coverage in the Telegraph, Financial Times and Express, and Stephen Timms MP, Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, made a compelling case for action in a supportive opinion piece.