Well – what is the latest wheeze from the government? Well – not really a wheeze – more another order/demand: ‘YOU WILL’. One of the latest is around energy. ‘YOU ARE NOT SWITCHING SUPPLIERS – IT WILL BE COMPULSORY TO SWITCH EVERY YEAR’. What a load of rubbish. Have the government and policy makers nothing …
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Age UK London are again consulting with older people in the capital through our annual ‘Your Priorities’ questionnaire. The results guide us in what we will campaign on next year. You can fill in the questionnaire online or by hard copy and we can pay for postage or collect questionnaires if this is desirable. You …
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It is suggested that if patients and staff knew the cost of treatment and appointments waste would be cut and hundreds of millions saved – what do you think? This at a time when treatments are being cut to try and get hospital trusts our of the red. The cost of a missed hospital appointment …
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The London Fairness Commission is an independent Commission chaired by Lord Victor Adebowale and is comprised of expert commissioners from across the worlds of business, research, health and charity. The Commission has been established to organise conversations across the city. The Commissioners are listening to how Londoners respond to a variety of questions and will …
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A recent article in The Observer highlighted some of the development work that is going on around robotics and care for older people. It is an interesting article, and some of the solutions coming out are fascinating, but for an article that wants to highlight dignity on older people it misses one crucial point – …
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Part of the blame for the mediocrity of many of our care homes and home care providers is the weakness of their regulators, the Adult Social Care Directorate of the Care Quality Commission. The Commission rates providers for Safety, Effectiveness, Caring, Responsiveness (to users’ needs) and Good Leadership. For each of these domains a provider …
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I’m a big admirer of the the ‘Techy Tea Party’ movement pioneered by Sharon Tynan for Age UK London and then developed nationally by EE and Age UK. There’s now a National Techy Tea Party Day – or you can organise your own, as I reported last year from Primrose Hill. My friend John Popham has extended the idea to a …
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Until 2014, we had been known as The Arthritic Association, an organisation founded in 1942 aiming to help people with arthritis by emphasising the importance of lifestyle. Over the years we have grown into a sizeable national membership charity and we felt it was time to take a long hard look at what we offer. …
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So what’s the news? Well, the strongest El Nino indicates that winter will be a Big Freeze – a long snowy winter, colder than normal with heavy snowfall bringing transport chaos again. I wonder if transport for London and the train operators have taken any notice of this warning or will we, as usual, have …
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Can someone explain to me why all tube stations, rail stations and bus stations are paved in flooring which become like an ice rink when it rains  and we then have to avoid notices which says that the floor is slippery due to wet weather – surely breaches of health & safety in this health …
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