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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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