This is the online toolkit to help you to contact your local parliamentary candidates to ask them to support the following issues that Later Life Ambitions is campaigning on:
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You can copy and paste the text below for use in an email to your Parliamentary candidates. To copy and paste:
Dear [insert name of candidate]
As my parliamentary candidate, will you support Later Life Ambitions?
As one of my parliamentary candidates in the [name] constituency at the general election, I would like to know if you will pledge your support for the following policies that would enable older people to lead an ambitious later life:
1. Urgently establish a cross-party solution to the long term funding of social care: Funding for adult social care is a national issue, and requires a national solution. We need real, cross-party leadership from all parties to identify how we can fund adult social care in the long term. This must include:
2. Commit to maintain the pensions triple-lock: The pensions triple-lock was introduced to make up for the many years in which the value of the state pension was eroded and left many pensioners struggling to cope with the cost of living. Only now, after several years of the triple-lock, are many pensioners provided with the means to live more financially secure lives as they get older, but there are still too many who need this protection to continue. This is why the triple-lock must remain in place.
3. Commit to maintaining universal pensioner benefits: There are 1.6 million pensioners living in poverty and a further 1.1 million have incomes that are only just above the poverty line. This means that age-related benefits such as free prescriptions, concessionary bus passes and free TV licences play a vital role in reducing pensioner poverty and ensuring that older people are able to play an active part in society.
4. Stand up for pensioners during the Brexit process: There are a number of areas where pensioners’ needs must be protected after Britain leaves the European Union. These include:
As one of my local parliamentary candidates, I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on these issues. I would also like to know if you will pledge, should you be elected, to work to give older people an ambitious later life.
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