Social care plan will help just a tenth of UK’s older people in need

Boris Johnson’s flagship plan to fix social care will benefit a fraction of the people who need help, the Observer can disclose, as charities and campaigners urge ministers to act now or see thousands being...

Social care reform: National Insurance increase and the funding caps under Boris Johnson’s new plans explained

The new system of funding social care relies on both a cap on overall care spending, and a “floor” on assets which stops anyone who needs care from running their savings down too far. The system will kick in...

A million over-65s ‘still at risk of loneliness as UK lockdown eases’

A review by 10 leading charities has found that a million people over 65 in the UK are likely to remain at risk of chronic loneliness despite the easing of coronavirus restrictions. Read the full article on...

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Older people widely demonised in UK, ageism report finds

The UK’s ageist attitudes have been revealed in a report that shows older people are widely mocked, patronised and demonised by the rest of society. Older people are mostly seen as incompetent, hostile or a burden on others, according to a review of...

OECD: UK has lowest state pension of any developed country

Britain’s workers can look forward to the worst state pension of any major country, according to a report by the developed world’s leading economic think tank. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) study calculated that a...

Cold weather and loneliness ‘lethal in winter’

The combination of cold weather and loneliness could be lethal in the coming months, England’s most senior nurse is warning. Prof Jane Cummings, NHS England’s chief nursing officer, said cases of strokes and heart attacks tended to rise...