Independent Age in the News
60,000 Pension Credit claims stuck in backlog
Our Head of Policy and Influencing, Morgan Vine, gave a comment to the Daily Mail on the current backlog at the DWP that has left over 60,000 Pensioners waiting over 6-months for claims to be approved.
Pensioner, 85, 'numb with shock' after scam
Denis' story was shared to publicise the partnership between Independent Age and Nationwide aimed at educating and supporting older people targeted by scammers. Articles detail the services offered as part of the new partnership and describes a number of the scams that Denis has had to face. Read more at the Express and the Mirror.
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.