Head of Policy & Influencing at Independent Age, Morgan Vine, said:
“Today’s Queens Speech was a missed opportunity to address the cost-of-living crisis that is impacting millions of older people across the UK. Despite the Government acknowledging the seriousness of the moment, they failed to announce immediate plans to alleviate the massive financial strain being placed on those in later life.
“The government must turn words into action and produce a proper plan to address the huge increase in the cost of living and record inflation. This can’t wait until the Autumn Budget, the people in later life who call our advice line are being forced to make tough decisions right now. They are skipping meals. They are turning the heating off. They are missing out on seeing friends and family. Urgent action must be taken to support older people during these extremely challenging times. We want to see proposals that quickly get Pension Credit into the pockets of those that need it, bring down energy bills and that prevent older people from going without food because of spiralling costs. If these issues aren’t addressed, life will continue to be extremely difficult for people of all ages, including those in later life.
“There were some promising announcements in the speech, including legislation to protect older consumers from being ripped off for essential goods and services, and the strengthening of social housing rules that will enable renters to get vital repairs quickly. However, nothing announced today will immediately help older people that are currently struggling to afford energy bills or food.”