Pension Credit Uptake Campaign – Press Release for local Age UKs

Download and adapt this local press release to spread the word to older people in your area about the need to apply for Pension Credit before 18th December.

In response to the cost of living crisis, Age UK is encouraging as many older people as possible to apply for Pension Credit. Older people on a low income should submit an application by the 18th December in order to qualify for the second cost of living payment. We have produced this press release below for local Age UKs to use in your area to encourage applications for Pension Credit.

Click below to download the press release:

If you have any queries about the press release or need support, please contact Age UK’s Campaign Officer Luke Pilot via luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk.

Age UK Network News Roundup – 02/12/22

Take a look at the latest weekly roundup of news from across the Age UK Network.

There’s plenty to cover in this week’s Network News Roundup! We start at Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin, who will be hosting the UK premiere of “All the Lonely People”, an international documentary about the epidemic of loneliness. Elsewhere, there are new roles available at Age UK Richmond upon Thames, Age UK Westminster, Age UK Sutton, and Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees.

As always, if you have a story from your organisation that you would like us to share with the Network, such as recent events, campaigns, or awards, please let us know at signpost@ageuk.org.uk and we’ll add it to the next roundup.


Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin to host UK premiere of “All the Lonely People”

Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin will be hosting the UK premiere of “All the Lonely People”, an international documentary about the epidemic of loneliness, on Sunday 4 December at the Old Market Hall cinema in Shrewsbury.

The film highlights personal stories about the challenges of living in a remote area, and explores the paths people are taking to alleviate loneliness, what organisations and professionals have to offer, and how communities are responding.

Heather Osborne, Chief Executive of Age UK Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin said:

“Researchers say loneliness can be as bad for you as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It’s believed the added stress of feeling alone can also increase the risk of heart disease and the onset of dementia. It’s been a privilege to work with renowned film-makers to shine a light on the enduring problem of isolation and loneliness in our society and to have so much of the film shot in Shropshire has been a real thrill.”

Find out full detail on the Age UK Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin website.


Welfare Benefits Advisor role at Age UK Richmond upon Thames

Age UK Richmond upon Thames have an excellent opportunity for an experienced Welfare Benefits Advisor to join their Information & Advice Team to help ensure local older people are receiving the benefits & financial support that is available to them. With the current cost of living crisis, demand is higher than ever and this is a chance to make a real difference. 

Find out full details on the Age UK Richmond upon Thames website.


Cost of Living Adviser role at Age UK Westminster

Age UK Westminster currently have a vacancy for an experienced Information & Advice Adviser within their Information and Advice Team. The successful applicant will support Westminster residents aged 50+ to increase and manage their income  – including take up of Pension Credit, Council Tax and Housing Benefit, grant applications, energy & utilities debt support – and making referrals to food and energy support. This role will also provide information and resources to raise awareness around the risk of gambling.

Find out full details on the CharityJob website.

Closing Date: Saturday 10 December


Age UK Sutton seek Head of Community Support

Age UK Sutton are looking for a Head of Community Support who will support the Deputy Director of Services with strategic and operational planning and provide operational leadership for the Community Support team.

Essential to this role is excellent communication – as a Front Line service you will have daily contact with people who access Age UK Sutton services, and as a leader within the organisation who will be involved in functions across the charity.  

Find out more on the Age UK Sutton website.

Closing Date: Monday 2 January


Chief Executive Officer role at Age UK Rotherham

Age UK Rotherham is seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic CEO to lead the organisation, helping to continue to develop and deliver services and support for older people across the Borough. You will have the chance to continue to build upon work to date, to strengthen and amplify the Charity’s voice and to continue to put Rotherham’s older people at the heart everything they do.

Closing date: 5pm, Tuesday 6 December 2022

Find out full details on the Age UK Rotherham website.


Age UK Sheffield seeks new CEO

Age UK Sheffield are looking to hire a new CEO! This role is a business, commercial, finance and governance-focused one and the person coming into post will be responsible for developing the resources and framework within which Age UK Sheffield’s outstanding services to older people can thrive.

Find out full details on the Totaljobs website.

Closing date: Friday 9 December


Several open roles at Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees

Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees currently have several open positions: Shop Assistant, Footcare Practitioner, Wellbeing Centre Cook, and Wellbeing Centre Driver.

Find out more on the Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees website.


Lots of vacancies at Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have several open roles currently available. They’re looking for an Operational Manager for Housing to join their specialist Safe & Sound team which helps older people living across Nottinghamshire to stay safe, warm and independent in their own homes.

There’s also a vacancy for a Charity Support Worker, an opening for a Social Prescribing Link Worker, a Senior Operational Manager role, and a new Membership Coordinator position as part of the Age UK Business Directory.

Last but not least, there is also an Energy Advisor position available. This role will involve making home visits and provide tailored information and advice to older, disabled, and vulnerable people, helping them to improve their home’s energy efficiency and save money on their energy bills.

Find out more on the Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire website.


Two open roles at Age UK Somerset

Age UK Somerset are looking to hire for two open roles: Information and Support Manager and a Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Officer.

Leading from the front, the Information and Support Manager will direct and manage teams of staff and volunteers to deliver and develop services that include Information & Advice, Dementia Support and Active Befriending.

Working closely with the CST Coordinator, the MCST Officer role presents an exciting opportunity to deliver Age UK Somerset’s MCST programme in Somerset.

Find out full details on the Age UK Somerset website.

Closing date: Ongoing


Two new roles at Age UK Tunbridge Wells

Age UK Tunbridge Wells are currently looking to hire in two new positions: Independent Living Support Worker and Dementia Care Support Worker.

Duties for the Independent Living Support Worker may include: shopping (e.g. for food, garden plants), medical appointment assistance, personal correspondence assistance, light household duties.

The Dementia Care Support Worker will work in the Dementia Centre facility, which aspires to be a place where people with dementia feel safe, happy and at home, and where their carers feel supported, can be signposted to advice and guidance, and can enjoy time out secure in the knowledge that their loved ones are experiencing high quality care.

Find out full details on the Age UK Tunbridge Wells website.


Several Vacancies at Age UK Cheshire East

Age UK Cheshire East currently has several vacancies available, including Drivers, Home Helpers, and a Dementia Activity Worker.

The Dementia Activity Worker will support people living with dementia to maintain their skills, to benefit from activities, company and friendship; and to have some fun. You will receive training in Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy and you will help to plan and deliver a programme of activities in their day centre in Macclesfield and some outreach sessions across the eastern part of Cheshire East.

Find out full details on the Age UK Cheshire East website.


Information and Advice Adviser Vacancy at Age UK Merton

Age UK Merton are seeking an I&A Adviser to play an essential role in the response to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, working directly with older people to triage and identify needs and provide advice to help people to access high quality support.

The role will provide information and advice, including casework, in a wide field of subjects, including welfare benefits, housing, health, community care, and local services, to older adults (state pension age and above) across the London Borough of Merton.

Find out more on the Age UK Merton website.


Get in touch!

If you have a story from your organisation that you would like us to share with the Network, such as recent events, campaigns, or awards, please let us know at signpost@ageuk.org.uk.

You can also view a full list of open roles across the network here.

Reminder December Finance Network Meeting – | ‘The Finance Function as a Business Partner’

Find out all the details of the next Finance Network meeting on Wednesday 7 December which will cover the topic ‘Finance Function as a Business Partner’.

A quick reminder that on Wednesday 7 December from 11:00 – 12:30, the monthly Finance Network meeting will welcome Simon Hopkins, Director of Finance and Corporate Resources at Versus Arthritis, who will give his perspectives and insights on the ‘Finance Function as a Business Partner’ and the importance of strategic leadership, especially in the current operating environment. Find out full details below, including how to book your place.

Simon is a regular columnist for Charity Finance magazine, a visiting speaker on the Inspiring Financial Leadership programme at Bayes Business School and was the originating author of Charity Finance Group’s development model, The Finance Journey.

If ever there was a need for strategic leadership of charities, that time is now, and Simon will discuss the demands on Finance teams to support critical leadership decisions which trustee Boards are facing. It promises to be an inspiring session.

Book your place!

To book your place at the meeting (or to request a copy of the slides and the recording if unable to attend on the day), please click here.

You will see a brief confirmation on screen once you have submitted your registration form. You will not receive a confirmation email.

The Teams Meeting Link and Joining Instructions will be sent to you directly by the Financial Governance Team nearer the time of the event in the usual way. So please fill in the form using the above link ensuring your contact details are correct, book out the time in your diary and watch out for the Teams Meeting Link email – thank you.

Save the date for the January Finance Network Meeting

Then on Wednesday 25 January, we will welcome the return of Nick Wilkie, former charity Chief Executive and current Chair who teaches and consults at The Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Bayes Business School. Nick’s subject will be ‘In an outlook of increasing demand, spiralling costs and falling income, what can, should and must charity leaders do next?’

Adamant that there are no magic answers and equally adamant that he doesn’t have any, Nick will, however, think out loud about how leadership teams and boards might face the winter(s) ahead.

Many of you will remember Nick’s presentation to the January 2022 meeting, when he thought out loud about Big Plans, Strategy and Business Models. The 25 January session is likely to be equally stimulating, so book the date in your calendars now. We’ll share the registration form nearer the time.

Age UK’s Travelling Companions Programme is now live!

Find out more about our latest programme aimed at reducing older people’s feelings of loneliness and improving their confidence to get out and about, using transport!

Thanks to funding secured through Department for Transport’s Shared Outcomes Fund, Age UK is working with seven local Age UKs to pilot a service delivery model that aims to support around 1,000 isolated older people. The Travelling Companions Programme aims to give those older people the confidence they need to: reconnect with their communities, attend social activities that they may have had to give up following on from the pandemic, and access support services they may now need.

The model is based on paid members of staff having initial conversation(s) about travel-related goals that older people would like to achieve and then matching clients with volunteers (Travelling Companions) to support them to achieve those goals. Travelling Companions will visit older people in their homes for approximately 4-6 weeks to provide person-centred support, with the aim of raising older people’s confidence, reducing their anxiety about going out and, most importantly, assisting them on practice journeys.

The programme is now live and will continue until the end of April 2023, with an independent evaluator (The Campaign to End Loneliness) working concurrently to assess the feasibility of the model and to measure the impact on older people. Our intention is to share the learning with the wider Age UK network throughout the delivery of the programme, to ensure those partners who might be interested in setting up and launching a similar programme can benefit from the tools and resources that will have been produced as a result of this programme. Equally, we are hopeful that other funding opportunities for similar activities arise in the near future, enabling us and the network to scale up the delivery model. For that reason, capturing learning is a crucial aspect of this pilot programme, especially given the scale of the loneliness problem which is undoubtedly very likely to deepen.

The seven local Age UKs that are piloting this service are:

  • Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees
  • Age UK North, South and West Dorset
  • Age UK Norfolk
  • Age UK Richmond upon Thames
  • Age UK Stockport
  • Age UK Wiltshire
  • Age UK Worcester and Malvern Hills

More information about the programme can be found on the Age UK website and any queries about the programme can be directed to Age UK’s project team at travelling.companions@ageuk.org.uk.

Cost Recovery and Sustainability Decisions Workshop – 14 December 2022

Find out all the details of the latest cost recovery and sustainability workshop from Age UK’s Financial Governance Team.

This is a quick reminder that Age UK’s Financial Governance Team are hosting a second half-day practical workshop on cost recovery and sustainability decisions. The workshop will take place online on Wednesday 14 December and will start at 10:00. Please read on for full details, including how to book your place.

On 2 November, the Financial Governance team delivered a half-day workshop, primarily for Service Managers within Brand Partners, via Teams, in which we worked through practical examples of the full cost recovery calculation process and then showed how to calculate the breakeven point for a service. This is the point at which total income for that service equals total costs, so that any further sales / income represents a direct contribution to reserves.

Such was the demand for places on that workshop, we are running a second session on Wednesday 14 December, starting at 10:00. We anticipate completing the workshop by 12:00 but could overrun to 12:30 if necessary.

While once again Service Managers are the primary target, CEOs, members of Partners’ SMTs and interested trustees will be very welcome to join. We are not placing any limitation on the number of attendees per local Age UK.

All those on the waiting list for the November workshop have been included on the attendee list for this event, and so do not need to book their place, but please do let us know if you are now not able to attend – john.fox@ageuk.org.uk.

Book your place!

To book your place at the meeting, please click here.

You will see a brief confirmation on screen once you have submitted your registration form. You will not receive a confirmation email. The Teams Meeting Link and Joining Instructions will be sent to you directly by the Financial Governance Team nearer the time of the event in the usual way.

So, please fill in the form using the above link ensuring your contact details are correct, book out the time in your diary and watch out for the Teams Meeting Link email – thank you.

Upcoming Finance Network Meetings

If you are interested in attending the cost recovery workshop, you may also wish to attend our upcoming Finance Network Meetings for December and January.

Find out all the details here.

Age UK Response to Nurses’ Strikes in December

View the statement from Age UK’s Charity Director Caroline Abrahams following the announcement of the nurses’ strikes in December.

Following the announcement of the dates for the nurses’ strikes in December, Age UK has released the statement below to the media.

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said:

“Now that dates for nurses’ strikes have been announced in December it’s the responsibility of all the parties to get round the table and do whatever it takes to resolve this dispute, so they never actually take place. This would be in everyone’s best interests, including those of our older population, who depend on being able to access effective health services to live well. 

“Nurses are the backbone of the NHS and do one of the most important jobs in our society. They need rewarding accordingly, and they need to be cared for too, especially after all they experienced during the pandemic.

“The cost of living crisis has exacerbated the situation, but growing staff shortages have also placed nurses under enormous strain and are a sign of failure so far as successive governments’ NHS workforce planning is concerned. We must never get into this kind of mess again.” 


Recent posts from Age UK

Latest News

New Cost of Living Response Fund Available for all Partners
Dec 8, 20222 min read
Up to £40,000 of new funding is available for every local and national partner to help with delivering much-needed services for older people during the cost of living crisis.
Presentation: Working with ICSs to alleviate winter pressures
Dec 8, 20221 min read
Watch the recording of the presentation “How can we work with Integrated Care Systems to alleviate winter pressures?” on the ICS Hub!
Pension Credit Uptake Campaign – Press Release for local Age UKs
Dec 7, 20221 min read
Download and adapt this local press release to spread the word to older people in your area about the need to apply for Pension Credit before 18th December.
Age UK Network News Roundup – 02/12/22
Dec 2, 20228 min read
Take a look at the latest weekly roundup of news from across the Age UK Network.
Christmas Social Media Content for Partners
Dec 2, 20221 min read
This Social Media Christmas Content Guide provides your organisation with template wording and imagery to support our Christmas campaigning online.
Reminder December Finance Network Meeting – | ‘The Finance Function as a Business Partner’
Dec 2, 20223 min read
Find out all the details of the next Finance Network meeting on Wednesday 7 December which will cover the topic ‘Finance Function as a Business Partner’.

Age UK Network News Roundup – 25/11/22

Take a look at the latest weekly roundup of news from across the Age UK Network.

Welcome to the latest Network News Roundup! In this week’s edition, Age UK Rotherham are seeking a new CEO and there is a new Energy Advisor position at Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

As always, if you have a story from your organisation that you would like us to share with the Network, such as recent events, campaigns, or awards, please let us know at signpost@ageuk.org.uk and we’ll add it to the next roundup.


Chief Executive Officer role at Age UK Rotherham

Age UK Rotherham is seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic CEO to lead the organisation, helping to continue to develop and deliver services and support for older people across the Borough. You will have the chance to continue to build upon work to date, to strengthen and amplify the Charity’s voice and to continue to put Rotherham’s older people at the heart everything they do.

Closing date: 5pm, Tuesday 6 December 2022

Find out full details on the Age UK Rotherham website.


Age UK Sheffield seeks new CEO

Age UK Sheffield are looking to hire a new CEO! This role is a business, commercial, finance and governance-focused one and the person coming into post will be responsible for developing the resources and framework within which Age UK Sheffield’s outstanding services to older people can thrive.

Find out full details on the Totaljobs website.

Closing date: Friday 9 December


Two open roles at Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees

Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees currently have three open positions: Footcare Practitioner and Wellbeing Centre Driver.

Find out more on the Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees website.


Three open roles at Age UK Coventry & Warwickshire

Age UK Coventry & Warwickshire are looking to hire for three positions: Services Manager, Outreach Worker (Preventative Support), and Support Worker (Home Support Service Stratford).

You can find out more about all three roles on the Age UK Coventry & Warwickshire website.

Closing date: Monday 28 November


HR Manager Role at Age UK Lewisham & Southwark

Age UK Lewisham and Southwark are looking to hire an HR Manager to work with the Director of People to maintain and improve existing HR systems and processes, develop new processes, and help to shape the policy and direction of the Personnel aspects of the organisation.

Closing date: Monday 28 November

Find out full details on the Age UK Lewisham and Southwark website.


Cook / Cafe Coordinator Position at Age UK Salford

Age UK Salford are looking to hire a Cook/Cafe Coordinator for their Critchley House Community Hub in Swinton. The coordinator will work with the centre manager and a dynamic team of volunteers working to provide healthy, nutritious and value for money food in a comfortable and friendly setting.

Find out full details on the Age UK Salford website.

Closing date: Monday 28 November


Lots of vacancies at Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have several open roles currently available. They’re looking for an Operational Manager for Housing to join their specialist Safe & Sound team which helps older people living across Nottinghamshire to stay safe, warm and independent in their own homes.

There’s also a vacancy for a Charity Support Worker, an opening for a Social Prescribing Link Worker, a Senior Operational Manager role, and a new Membership Coordinator position as part of the Age UK Business Directory.

Last but not least, there is also an Energy Advisor position available. This role will involve making home visits and provide tailored information and advice to older, disabled, and vulnerable people, helping them to improve their home’s energy efficiency and save money on their energy bills.

Find out more on the Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire website.


Two open roles at Age UK Somerset

Age UK Somerset are looking to hire for two open roles: Information and Support Manager and a Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) Officer.

Leading from the front, the Information and Support Manager will direct and manage teams of staff and volunteers to deliver and develop services that include Information & Advice, Dementia Support and Active Befriending.

Working closely with the CST Coordinator, the MCST Officer role presents an exciting opportunity to deliver Age UK Somerset’s MCST programme in Somerset.

Find out full details on the Age UK Somerset website.

Closing date: Ongoing


Information & Advice Senior Advisor vacancy at Age UK Bromley & Greenwich

Age UK Bromley & Greenwich are seeking to appoint a Senior Advisor who will, alongside their team, provide telephone and face-to-face information-based support for older people in Bromley regarding various issues they encounter.

Find out full details on the Age UK Bromley & Greenwich website.

Closing date: Monday 28 November


Three vacancies at Age UK Sutton

Age UK Sutton are looking to hire for three open roles: Community Mental Health Peer Support Worker, Head of Community Support, and Welcome & Information Officer.

Responsibilities for the Community Mental Health Peer Support Worker include coordinating and leading weekly peer support groups, providing some one-to-one peer support and ensuring that accurate records are kept.

The Head of Community Support will support the Deputy Director of Services with strategic and operational planning and provide operational leadership for the Community Support team.

The Welcome and Information Officer will work alongside the Welcome and Information volunteers to act as Age UK Sutton’s ‘front door’ so that anyone contacting the charity gets to the right service quickly and/or is provided with the information they seek.

Find out full details on the Age UK Sutton website.


Two new roles at Age UK Tunbridge Wells

Age UK Tunbridge Wells are currently looking to hire in two new positions: Independent Living Support Worker and Dementia Care Support Worker.

Duties for the Independent Living Support Worker may include: shopping (e.g. for food, garden plants), medical appointment assistance, personal correspondence assistance, light household duties.

The Dementia Care Support Worker will work in the Dementia Centre facility, which aspires to be a place where people with dementia feel safe, happy and at home, and where their carers feel supported, can be signposted to advice and guidance, and can enjoy time out secure in the knowledge that their loved ones are experiencing high quality care.

Find out full details on the Age UK Tunbridge Wells website.


Several Vacancies at Age UK Cheshire East

Age UK Cheshire East currently has several vacancies available, including Drivers, Home Helpers, and a Dementia Activity Worker.

The Dementia Activity Worker will support people living with dementia to maintain their skills, to benefit from activities, company and friendship; and to have some fun. You will receive training in Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy and you will help to plan and deliver a programme of activities in their day centre in Macclesfield and some outreach sessions across the eastern part of Cheshire East.

Find out full details on the Age UK Cheshire East website.


Information and Advice Adviser Vacancy at Age UK Merton

Age UK Merton are seeking an I&A Adviser to play an essential role in the response to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, working directly with older people to triage and identify needs and provide advice to help people to access high quality support.

The role will provide information and advice, including casework, in a wide field of subjects, including welfare benefits, housing, health, community care, and local services, to older adults (state pension age and above) across the London Borough of Merton.

Find out more on the Age UK Merton website.


Get in touch!

If you have a story from your organisation that you would like us to share with the Network, such as recent events, campaigns, or awards, please let us know at signpost@ageuk.org.uk.

You can also view a full list of open roles across the network here.

Practical workshop on Cost Recovery and Sustainability Decisions – 14 December 2022

Find out all the details of the latest cost recovery and sustainability workshop from Age UK’s Financial Governance Team.

Age UK’s Financial Governance Team are hosting a second half-day practical workshop on cost recovery and sustainability decisions. The workshop will take place online on Wednesday 14 December and will start at 10:00. Please read on for full details, including how to book your place.

On 2 November, the Financial Governance team delivered a half-day workshop, primarily for Service Managers within Brand Partners, via Teams, in which we worked through practical examples of the full cost recovery calculation process and then showed how to calculate the breakeven point for a service. This is the point at which total income for that service equals total costs, so that any further sales / income represents a direct contribution to reserves.

Such was the demand for places on that workshop, we are running a second session on Wednesday 14 December, starting at 10:00. We anticipate completing the workshop by 12:00 but could overrun to 12:30 if necessary.

While once again Service Managers are the primary target, CEOs, members of Partners’ SMTs and interested trustees will be very welcome to join. We are not placing any limitation on the number of attendees per local Age UK.

All those on the waiting list for the November workshop have been included on the attendee list for this event, and so do not need to book their place, but please do let us know if you are now not able to attend – john.fox@ageuk.org.uk.

Book your place!

To book your place at the meeting, please click here.

You will see a brief confirmation on screen once you have submitted your registration form. You will not receive a confirmation email. The Teams Meeting Link and Joining Instructions will be sent to you directly by the Financial Governance Team nearer the time of the event in the usual way.

So, please fill in the form using the above link ensuring your contact details are correct, book out the time in your diary and watch out for the Teams Meeting Link email – thank you.

Upcoming Finance Network Meetings

If you are interested in attending the cost recovery workshop, you may also wish to attend our upcoming Finance Network Meetings for December and January.

Find out all the details here.

Finance Network Meeting – 7 December 2022 | ‘The Finance Function as a Business Partner’

Find out all the details of the next Finance Network meeting on Wednesday 7 December which will cover the topic ‘Finance Function as a Business Partner’.

On Wednesday 7 December from 11:00 – 12:30, the monthly Finance Network meeting will welcome Simon Hopkins, Director of Finance and Corporate Resources at Versus Arthritis, who will give his perspectives and insights on the ‘Finance Function as a Business Partner’ and the importance of strategic leadership, especially in the current operating environment. Find out full details below, including how to book your place.

Simon is a regular columnist for Charity Finance magazine, a visiting speaker on the Inspiring Financial Leadership programme at Bayes Business School and was the originating author of Charity Finance Group’s development model, The Finance Journey.

If ever there was a need for strategic leadership of charities, that time is now, and Simon will discuss the demands on Finance teams to support critical leadership decisions which trustee Boards are facing. It promises to be an inspiring session.

Book your place!

To book your place at the meeting (or to request a copy of the slides and the recording if unable to attend on the day), please click here.

You will see a brief confirmation on screen once you have submitted your registration form. You will not receive a confirmation email.

The Teams Meeting Link and Joining Instructions will be sent to you directly by the Financial Governance Team nearer the time of the event in the usual way. So please fill in the form using the above link ensuring your contact details are correct, book out the time in your diary and watch out for the Teams Meeting Link email – thank you.

Save the date for the January Finance Network Meeting

Then on Wednesday 25 January, we will welcome the return of Nick Wilkie, former charity Chief Executive and current Chair who teaches and consults at The Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Bayes Business School. Nick’s subject will be ‘In an outlook of increasing demand, spiralling costs and falling income, what can, should and must charity leaders do next?’

Adamant that there are no magic answers and equally adamant that he doesn’t have any, Nick will, however, think out loud about how leadership teams and boards might face the winter(s) ahead.

Many of you will remember Nick’s presentation to the January 2022 meeting, when he thought out loud about Big Plans, Strategy and Business Models. The 25 January session is likely to be equally stimulating, so book the date in your calendars now. We’ll share the registration form nearer the time.

Age UK’s response to the Autumn Statement 2022

Age UK’s Charity Director Caroline Abrahams has released a response following yesterday’s Autumn Statement. You can read the full statement below.

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, said:

“The restoration of the triple lock next year, uprating of Pension Credit in line with inflation, and cost of living payments, are all extremely important for older people, particularly for the many with no other income to fall back on, including hundreds of thousands of older women, and we welcome them wholeheartedly. We thank all the older people and their friends and allies who campaigned so hard for these things in recent months, and we thank the Government for listening.    

“These are really difficult times for millions of older people who are living on a low income, waiting endlessly for social care so they can get home from hospital, or in a long queue for a minor operation or some diagnostic tests and living with discomfort and pain in the meantime. Today’s Autumn Statement gave the Government an opportunity to help older people like these and, to our profound relief at Age UK, to a considerable extent it was taken. However, unfortunately the cost of living crisis, social care shortfalls and NHS pressures are all so acute that realistically, life will continue to be extremely tough for many older people, and for the local charities that support them, especially this winter. This means that as a country and as individuals we need to do everything we can to support our older population over the next few months, and as a charity Age UK is determined to take a lead in that.    

“We regret the decision to delay the cap on catastrophic care costs for two years because Prime Minister Boris Johnson had made a firm commitment to introduce it in 2023 and having raised public expectations so high we feel it was right for this Government to follow through. Although the cap as currently proposed is considerably less generous than we wanted, it is a start and something to build on. Delaying it by a further two years raises serious questions over whether it will ever be introduced at all.  However, having said that, we agree that with the social care system as weak as it currently is, the priority today must be to strengthen and deliver more care services rather than protecting people with assets from the full force of sky high bills.  

“We warmly welcome the decision the Government has made to channel more resources into social care in various ways. They are desperately needed, but until the technical detail  has been scrutinised we reserve judgement on just how much practical difference they will actually make to older and disabled people, especially once the impact of the rise in the national living wage is taken into account – brilliant though it is that care workers will receive higher pay as they richly deserve it.

“The Government had signalled in advance that it was likely to use increases in council tax as a mechanism for increasing financial support for social care. Age UK has never been very keen on this approach because although any extra money for social care is extremely welcome, the problems facing social care are really national in nature and require a national response. What’s more, we know that some areas can raise a lot more council tax than others but the need for social care is not distributed in the same way. The upshot is that council tax increases tend to create winners and losers, with poorer areas most likely to be left behind. Nothing could better demonstrate the urgent need for the Government to look at a much broader range of funded reforms to help older and disabled people, and their unpaid carers, wherever they happen to live.   

“The extra funding for the NHS is extremely welcome, but we shouldn’t underestimate the challenges ahead. One of the biggest being workforce, so it was good to hear that proper projections of workforce needs will now be created and published, and the same should happen for social care too.   

“Listening to the Autumn Statement as a whole, it was clear that the Chancellor has learned from his extensive experience concerning the NHS and social care and is committed to strengthening them as best he can in the powerful role he now occupies. It is a tragedy that this is a time when the public finances are so weak, but we look forward to working with him and his officials to make the most of an extremely difficult situation. Strong and effective health and social care services are not only crucial for our economy, they matter enormously to our older population too, who are the principal users of both. There is an opportunity now to build on the steps towards integration that have already been taken to create a much more effective approach for helping older people live independently and well in their own homes. With an ageing population and demand on NHS and social care services having risen as a result of the pandemic, it is increasingly urgent that it’s taken.” 

%%footer%%