Head of Policy Morgan Vine spoke on behalf of Independent Age at an APPG hearing, discussing the complicated grief that many people have experienced by losing someone during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full story in The Guardian
Independent Age in the News
Oxford Pensioner is 'terrified' about this winter
ITV News interviewed Independent Age Service user Yvonne to find out how she is coping this winter. She spoke about the many sacrifices she has been forced to make just to make ends meet, and encouraged viewers to check their eligibility for Pension Credit. ITV also interviewed our Director of Services, who gave some advice to any pensioners struggling this winter. Read the story and watch the interviews here.
Autumn Statement confirms pension triple lock
Following the Autumn Statement, our Director of Policy and Communications John Palmer released a statement praising the protection of the triple lock. However, he also reiterated the need for the government to increase the uptake of Pension Credit amongst poorest pensioners in Britian in order to help them through the cost-of-living crisis. John's statement was used by The Sun in an article highlighting the key points of the Autumn Statement.
Independent Age featured in BBC Lifeline Appeal
Independent Age is the featured charity in this month's BBC Lifeline Appeal, presented by Royle Family star, Sue Johnston. The 10-minute appeal showcases the work the charity does through the stories of Thabani, Denis and Fiona. All of which have been supported by Independent Age’s Helpline, volunteering and telephone groups. Visit our Lifeline Appeal page to learn more and watch the appeal.
Pensioner feels “worthless” amidst triple lock row
Independent Age media volunteer Yvonne was interviewed by the Daily Express on her experience of the cost-of-living crisis and the current debate over the state pension triple lock. Morgan Vine, Head of Policy and Influencing, was also quoted on the subject of the triple lock.
Fuel vouchers provided to Nottingham residents
Independent Age collaborated with Nottingham City council to help provide 400 fuel vouchers to eligible older people in the local area. Kate Duncan, Community Services Manager Nottingham, was interviewed by Nottinghamshire Live about the scheme.
IA's Head of National Services invited on podcast
Fran McSweeney, Head of National Services, was invited onto the Which? Money Podcast to speak about the issues faced by older people in relation to online banking.
Warning to PM if triple lock promise is broken
Our Head of Policy and Influencing, Morgan Vine, spoke to the Daily express about the state pension triple lock. She states that another U-turn from the government, scrapping the triple lock, would 'be a huge blow, particularly for the older people living on low and modest incomes.'
New Fiscal Plan brings uncertainty to many
Independent Age responds to the governments new Medium-Term Fiscal Plan, with John Palmer (Director of Policy and Communications) stating: "Instead of ensuring stability, today only provided uncertainty [...] millions of people over 65 will continue to live in fear that they will be made even poorer, when their budgets have been broken by the cost-of-living crisis.” Read more of our reaction at The Independent, Daily Mail and Daily Express