When is the Right Time to Die? Why am I asking this question? Well, Katie Morley – Consumer Affairs Editor of The Telegraph – is suggesting that close to 30,000 families will be paying inheritance tax in the two years from April 2015. I argue that they should be compensated as the government has taken …
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Pension Credit Card

December 3rd, 2014 | Posted by Lynn Strother in London | Older People | Retirement - (1 Comments)

A Pension Credit Card – This is the latest government ‘bright idea’ – but what is it? Well, it is a card which will work in high street shops, cash machines and online stores such as Amazon (just like the bank card you have already) thereby letting people treat their pensions like ordinary bank accounts. …
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The National Care Home Open Day is on Friday 20th June 2014 and offers an ideal opportunity for members of the public to find out more about their local care homes and to see for themselves what the homes offer. What is the accommodation like? What activities are available? What facilities are there? How many …
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What sort of society are we living in where younger people see older people as fair game to abuse, neglect and de-humanise and for it to be seen as acceptable by colleagues? Who are these people applying for caring jobs when they obviously don’t care and don’t like people – especially older people? Why are …
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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has a duty to write guidance on how to interpret the Equality Act ban on age discrimination in services, public functions and associations. This covers many public and private services. The guide is intended to help businesses, public authorities, courts and others interpret the law. The EHRC are …
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Is it time to have an ‘ideal home exhibition’ for the retirement housing sector? This was the question asked by Jeremy Porteus, Director of the Housing Learning and Improvement Network, who was a speaker at the ‘My House or My Home?’ conference run by Positive Ageing in London and King’s College London. Is it such a …
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Last month Vidur Lekh read a previous post entitled ‘What Makes a Good Retirement?‘ and got in touch with the Opinion Exchange to answer all the questions that were asked in that article. He has kindly allowed us to publish them below. If you would like to have a piece published on the Opinion Exchange …
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On 21 November the annual London Older People’s Assembly organised by LOPSG is taking place at City Hall from 10 am – 4 pm. The theme is “The Economic Contributions of Older Londoners” with afternoon workshops looking at how older people contribute in different ways to London’s economy. Deputy Mayor of London Victoria Borwick will be …
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Some years ago I visited a huge purpose built retirement village run by a huge housing association in huge landscaped grounds of manicured lawns, chocolate box houses and apartments with the usual hairdressing, cinema, gym, pool and shopping outlet at its hub. At one level it was impressive, but at another disturbing. I readily acknowledge …
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