19 July 2021
As we reach the summer and more than 45 million people have had their first vaccines, the Government plans to end all Covid-19 restrictions on 19 July, despite continued rises in the number of cases. It is clear that we will continue to live with Covid-19 for the foreseeable future, and the Government will need to strike a balance between protecting the NHS and opening up the economy as we move into the autumn and winter.
21 May 2021
Last week, the State Opening of Parliament took place, marked by the Queen’s Speech, which sets out the Government’s legislative priorities for the next parliamentary session. The speech was packed full of legislation that the Government were supposed to pass last session, but the pandemic and the temporary shut-down of Parliament put them severely behind schedule. As a result, there was little new information in the Queen’s Speech, but there were several elements that could impact our members and older people more generally.
14 May 2021
The beginning of 2021 was difficult for all of us, with a second wave of the coronavirus causing further lockdowns and the picture for our economy looking more uncertain than ever. As the first quarter progressed, we saw some hope with the announcement of the roadmap and the scaling-up of a vaccine programme.
15 March 2021
It will have come as no surprise that the Budget, like most other headlines, was dominated by COVID-19, the need to protect jobs and re-build our economy. It’s welcome news that the Office for Budget Responsibility estimates that the economy will recover faster than anticipated and whilst the UK’s vaccination programmes is promising, it’s clear that the economic impact of the pandemic will take years to recover from. We’ve analysed the 2021 Budget and here are our seven key takeaways for older people:
2 March 2021
The Spring Budget is an annual political milestone but as we approach the anniversary of the first national lockdown, this Budget will be unlike others. It is expected to be the most significant fiscal event for Boris Johnson’s Government so far and will provide clarity on the question on everyone’s mind: how will the Government pay for the economic damage inflicted by the pandemic? Around every Budget, there are competing voices calling for increased funding but given the events of the last 12 months, the disproportionate economic impact of COVID-19 on working class people and those concentrated in sectors which have been shut down, this Budget has the task of both balancing the books and honouring the Government’s commitment to ‘level up’ the country.
11 January 2021
A survey conducted by Later Life Ambitions and the Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO) shows that nearly 90% of people think the Government should widen housing options for older people and that more than half of older people are interested in moving but lack good local downsizing options.
4 December 2020
ARCO and Later Life Ambitions will be launching an exciting new joint report, ‘Coming of age? Better housing options for older people’, on Tuesday 8th December from 3pm, accompanied by a stellar panel of speakers from the worlds of politics, civil society and organisations supporting older people.
25 November 2020
Later Life Ambitions (LLA) welcomes the Chancellor’s assurances in the Spending Review today that the pensions triple lock will be protected for another year. Whilst difficult decisions have undoubtedly had to be made to protect the UK’s economy, LLA is calling on the Government to provide long-term certainty to pensioners that the triple lock will continue.
10 August 2020
Later Life Ambitions have joined with the Charity Retail Association to support their initiative to match potential volunteers with charity shops, and to support older people to return to their volunteering roles.
10 July 2020
COVID-19 has affected every aspect of everyone’s lives and it is important for Later Life Ambitions (LLA) to understand the specific implications for older people. We regularly survey those in later life through our three partner organisations and in April we asked for feedback on how coronavirus has affected your life. Thank you to all who took the time to respond. We are pleased to share the results of this survey with you here.