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.
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.
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.
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.
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.