Later Life Ambitions aims to encourage today’s decision makers to confront the challenges of tomorrow.
Later Life Ambitions brings together the collective voices of over a quarter of a million pensioners through the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners, the Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance, and the National Association of Retired Police Officers Association.
Our members have ambitious aspirations for the next generation of pensioners.
From fair pensions to safe and sustainable care services, and from accessible housing to regular bus services to promote independence, we require bold and forward-looking action from our political leaders.
With your support, we want to change the terms of the debate – to focus on the ambitions of pensioners rather than the perceived ‘costs’ to the rest of society. So we urge you to join us in calling for an aspirational and ambitious future for those in later life.
Later Life Ambitions is about communicating the real voices of pensioners, and future pensioners to politicians and policy makers. To do, this we need your involvement. We are calling upon older people, and their friends and family, to share their stories, and experiences, to ensure that we are able to fully represent your views.
New tax small print brands annexes for elderly as “second homes”
An increase in Stamp Duty designed to deter buy-to-let landlords could hit so-called “granny flats”, according to industry experts. The measure, which comes into force this month was included in last year’s Autumn Statement and was introduced to make home ownership easier for first-time buyers by increasing the costs of a buy-to-let property. However, there are concerns that purpose-built annexes for elderly relatives could be caught in the changes if designated as a second home. This could encourage homeowners to knock down an annex or deter them from building one in the first place.
George Osborne has presented his eighth Budget to Parliament, keen to avoid controversy with the European Referendum on the horizon. Announcing that GDP growth has been revised down to 2% for next year he set out plans for £3.5 billion of further cuts to public spending in order to achieve his goal of reaching a budget surplus by 2020.
The Labour Party this week published their older persons’ manifesto: A better future for older people. The manifesto sets out Labour’s policies for older people. Labour also announced that the presenter and campaigner Miriam O’Reilly will be appointed Older People’s Commissioner for England if Labour forms the next government.