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 expressed their condemnation of the Government’s announcement to suspend the state pension ‘Triple Lock’.
Removing the triple lock will have a devastating impact on our pensioners. The triple lock was introduced to address the long-term decline in the value of the state pension relative to earnings. Unfortunately, this is still necessary as the UK has the lowest state pension relative to earnings across 36 industrialized countries, according to the OECD study in 2017, which means that an increase of 8.8% is still relatively small in cash terms.
“Later Life Ambitions welcomes the commitment shown by government to readdress the underfunding of social care, however we believe that these proposals will leave older people worse off.
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.
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.