Independent Age in the News
Lack of funding for bereavement services
FOI request by Independent Age reveals that less than a quarter of local bodies in England have provided extra bereavement support during the Covid-19 pandemic. An "inconsistent approach" is creating a postcode lottery for bereavement services. Read the full article on the Daily Mail.
Pension Credit explained
Explanation of Pension Credit, what it is and who is eligible. Deborah Alsina provided a quote highlighting that 1 million people are missing out on Pension Credit which can provide a gateway to further financial support. Read the quote on Good Housekeeping.
Older people missing out on Warm Home Discount
Independent Age says older people could have missed out on £88m in Government support to help pay their energy bills. People that qualify for Pension Credit can get £140 off their heating bills, but many are not claiming the Warm Home Discount. Read the fully story on iNews.
Waive delivery fees for shielding customers
Independent Age sends letter signed by over 20 charities to supermarkets, urging them to waive online delivery charges for customers shielding from Covid-19. Read the full story, including Deborah Alsina's comment in The Times.
Supermarket delivery costs hitting the vulnerable
Independent Age leads coalition of charities urging supermarkets to suspend delivery charges for people who are shielding. Read the full story in The Daily Telegraph.
Working carers concerned about losing jobs
Research from Phoenix Group found that almost a third of working carers fear losing their job if their care duties were to increase. Read the full article, including Deborah Alsina's comment in the Daily Express
Older people struggling to pay for care
Morgan Vine commented on findings that older people are having to sell their homes and are facing financial ruin in order to pay for care. Read the full story in the Daily Express
The benefits of an 'age-gap friendship'
One of our volunteers and the woman she volunteers with for regular visits and chats talk about how they've benefited from being connected through Independent Age. Read what they have to say in Woman & Home