Age UK Campaigns Calendar – October to December 2022

The latest Age UK campaigns calendar is now available! It contains details on the influencing work Age UK will be focusing on from October to December 2022 – including how you can get involved.

The latest Age UK campaigns calendar is now available below! Covering national influencing activity by Age UK and upcoming awareness campaigns across October to December, this edition includes details of our upcoming campaigning work over the coming months.

The Calendar is available to download below:

Upcoming Events and Actions

We’ve highlighted below some of the most important events in the calendar that will be coming up over the next few weeks, including some details on the ways you can get involved if you have time:

Malnutrition Awareness Week – 10th to 16th October
  • Please share the resources made available on the website and tweet the hashtag – #UKMAW2022

Black History Month – throughout October
  • Please look out for and share the three Discover pieces set to go live on our website throughout October.

Carers Leave Private Members Bill – Second reading: 21st October
  • The bill will enshrine in employment law the Government’s pledge to provide five days of unpaid carers leave for all unpaid carers.
  • If you have time, please write to your MPs to ask and ask them to support the bill.

Debt and mid-term fiscal plan – 31st October
  • This has now been brought forward to the 31st October (originally proposed for 23rd November)
  • If you have time, please write to your MPs to make clear the need for: benefits to be uprated in line with inflation, targeted funding for NHS and social care, and extended support for energy bills for older and vulnerable people.

Befriending Week – 1st to 7th November
  • See if you can put on thank you events for befrienders in your local area.
  • Please share resources using the Befriending Networks resource pack and their website and post during the week on socials.

Get in touch!

If you have any questions about our upcoming campaigning and influencing, or if you have any suggestions for future editions of the campaigns calendar, please get in touch with Miles Bassett: miles.bassett@ageuk.org.uk.

Age UK Campaigns Calendar – Third Quarter 2022

The latest Age UK campaigns calendar is now available! It contains details on the influencing work Age UK will be focusing on in the third quarter of 2022 – including how you can get involved.

The latest Age UK campaigns calendar is now available below! Covering national influencing activity by Age UK and upcoming awareness campaigns across July – September, this edition includes details of our upcoming work on social care reforms, the cost of living, and some key legislation and policy changes coming from the Government.

Please note: much of this iteration of the Campaigns Calendar was written before the Prime Minister resigned and the contest for the new leadership of the Conservative party began. As such, these timings are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the daily Signpost emails for updates on our Campaigns and Influencing activity. If you would like to sign up for Signpost emails please use this form.

If you have any questions about our upcoming campaigning and influencing, or if you have any suggestions for future editions of the campaigns calendar, please get in touch with Luke Pilot: luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk.

The Calendar is available to view and download below. We’ll also host in on our Campaigns Hub here.

Age UK Campaigns Calendar – Second Quarter 2022

Age UK’s External Affairs Team has compiled a campaigns calendar with details on influencing work Age UK will be focusing on in the second quarter of 2022 – including how local partners can get involved.

The second quarterly campaigns calendar from the Age UK External Affairs team is now available below! Covering the months from April to June, the calendar includes details on key Age UK campaigns, including the cost of living campaign ‘It Doesn’t Add Up’ which follows on from the recent Cost of Cold campaign.

The calendar also includes details on the multiple awareness days and weeks coming up over the summer, including Carers Week and Loneliness Awareness Week. Please keep an eye out for how Age UK will be marking these occasions, including providing resources to use at your local Age UK.

As ever, we deeply appreciate your support and look forward to continuing to campaign alongside you!

We hope this will be a helpful tool for you when planning your activities over the next few months. If you have any feedback or queries, or would like to discuss any of these campaigns or support influencing locally, please get in touch with Luke Pilot via luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk.

The Calendar is available to view and download below:

Age UK secures win for cap on care costs!

We’ve had a huge win in our campaign to stop the Government from undermining their own cap on care costs! Thank you all for your help so far, find out what happens next below.

We are delighted to inform you that our campaign to stop the Government from undermining their own cap on care costs has secured a major win! On the 7th of March, the House of Lords voted against the Government’s change which would have taken the cap beyond the grasp of older people with few or modest assets, those living in poorer places, and disabled people of working age. Thank you for all your support with the campaign so far, find out what happens next and how you can stay involved, below.

The Government’s changes would be an extraordinarily unfair and regressive policy. Thankfully, due to our work with a coalition of organisations and Peers, the House of Lords has rejected the change. There was also a significant win for our colleagues at Carers UK to keep carers at the heart of the process that discharges people from hospital and into social care.

Next Steps

The Bill and the Government’s change to the cap on costs will now go back to the House of Commons and MPs will have to decide what to do. We will be working hard to persuade MPs on all sides that the change has to be rejected.

Your continued support will be integral to maintaining pressure on MPs to protect the cap on care costs. Please keep an eye out for how you can work with us to engage MPs ahead of the next vote.

For further information or to join our campaign, please get in touch with luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk

Social Media Content

If you have time to spread the word on social media, please retweet our thread on the importance of this win to help raise awareness.

Or, you can use this template tweet:

We’re so pleased Peers voted to remove #Clause155 from the #HealthAndCareBill. This is a vital step to making the #carecap work.

Thank you so much for everyone who made this happen, special thanks to Baroness Wheeler, Baroness @SalBrinton, Lord @AndrewDLansley and Lord Warner.

Thank you as always for your support!

Age UK Campaigns Calendar – First Quarter 2022

Age UK’s External Affairs Team has compiled a campaigns calendar with details on influencing work Age UK will be focusing on in the first quarter of 2022 – including how local partners can get involved.

In response to requests from the network, the Age UK External Affairs team has compiled a campaigns calendar for the first quarter of 2022! The calendar contains details on areas of influencing Age UK will be focusing on from January until March, including how local partners can get involved. Read on for full details and to access the calendar.

This edition includes details on:

  • The Cost of Cold
  • Social Care
  • Access to Banking
  • Upcoming awareness campaigns

We intend to produce an updated calendar for every quarter, to help with planning some of your influencing and campaigning for the months ahead. If you would like support influencing on these campaigns in your local area, or on any other campaigns, please get in touch with Luke Pilot, Campaigns Officer (Local Influencing).

Feedback on the calendar and its contents is also very welcome. If you have any thoughts or ideas on what should be included next time, please contact luke.pilot@ageuk.org.uk.

The Calendar is available to view and download below:

Political Update 21.07.20 – Prime Minister’s Covid-19 Press Conference

Last week’s press conference saw the Prime Minister make key announcements on two main aspects of the Government’s Covid-19 response. Find out more.

The Prime Minister made key announcements last Friday on two main aspects of the Government’s Covid-19 response: the plan to control the spread of the virus using local action, and the easing of lockdown restrictions. This only applies in England.

The Government will aim to control the virus through targeted local action using the target, test and trace system. From Saturday 18th July, local authorities have new powers: they will be able to close local outside spaces, shut premises and cancel events if they feel it is necessary. This week, the Government will publish draft legislation as to how central Government can intervene locally to stop the virus spreading if they feel council action is not sufficient. Where justified, Ministers will be able to close whole sectors, introduce local stay at home orders and prevent people leaving or entering areas and stop local transport.

The Prime Minister also announced plans to extend the lift in restrictions. From the 25th of July, indoor gyms and pools will reopen. From the 1st of August the Government will update the advice on going to work. Instead of telling people to work from home, it will be up to the discretion of employers to ensure safe practise. This could mean working from home, or making work places safe by following Covid guidelines. From the 1st of August, most remaining leisure settings will also open – bowling, skating rinks, casinos, and close contact services, such as beauticians. Nightclubs will remain closed. In September, schools, nurseries and colleges will be open to all students.

You can read more here.

Updates on the nations – 20th July 2020:

  • Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and funfairs are now able to reopen in Wales after being shut during the coronavirus lockdown.
  • Routine dental care is allowed to resume in Northern Ireland from today.

If you would like any more information, please contact alison.trew@ageuk.org.uk or robert.henderson@ageuk.org.uk

ONS releases interactive COVID-19 data by local area

The ONS have posted provisional counts of the number of deaths involving COVID-19 between 1 March and 31 May 2020 in England and Wales.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has published interactive analysis of all deaths that occurred in England and Wales between 1 March and 31 May 2020, registered up to 6 June 2020, where the coronavirus (Covid-19) was involved, focusing on differences between local areas worst hit by Covid-19 mortality. Figures are provided by age, sex, geographies down to local authority level and deprivation indices.

Click here to view the data.

Fourth fortnightly assessment now available

Thank you to everyone who completed the third fortnightly assessment. View the main trends from the data and find the link to the next assessment.

Thank you once again for your commitment in completing the fortnightly assessment. The third return was completed by 91 partners, (slightly less than on previous occasions) and there remains steady evidence of the continued demands partners are experiencing, with over 103,000 people directly supported during the reported period, up from 86,000 from the previous fortnight.

It also shows a general trend (based on the self-reported sample) towards financial stabilisation across the network, however 29 local partners continue to self-report that they will run out of funds within 18 months, 16 within this financial year.

A full data set will be available to view from Monday.

Each assessment helps to demonstrate the collective frontline response of the network to this emergency and the ways we are responding to the unprecedented and growing needs of people affected by the impact of Covid-19. It gives us the collective ability to describe what’s happening now, but also helps us show how this picture is changing over time as the period of lockdown extends and the extent of the impact on older people and our organisation deepens.

Next assessment now live!

This latest assessment covers the period from 30th May to 12th June 2020 and the deadline for completion is Friday 19th June at 6pm.

A Word document copy of the questions to refer to as you complete the assessment is available here:

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