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Private off-shore companies no way to run care homes

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Most UK care homes were managed by local authorities until Margaret Thatcher reformed the system; now just 8 per cent are under state control. All four of Britain’s biggest care home businesses have been up for sale in the past … Read more

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Jeremy Corbyn at our AGM

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Thanks to all those members who came to our AGM, and special thanks to Jeremy, our president who somehow made time to join us. He spoke of the on-going development of Labour’s manifesto. . .  the need for a free … Read more

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Vulnerable patients prevented from going to hospital appointments

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John, goes to the Royal Free Hospital & Chase Farm Hospital. He is 86, has severe COPD and heart problems and is anaemic. He has a catheter due to prostate health problems and his legs are bandaged up. John’s patient … Read more

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Older, disabled people refused Hospital Transport by Royal Free Hospital Trust

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The Royal Free Hospital Trust is denying vulnerable patients hospital transport. Paul’s transport was stopped because he has a Motability vehicle which he can drive. But Paul cannot walk more than a few steps and is unable to walk the … Read more

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Post office closures a disgrace

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The announcement of a further 74 Crown Post Office closures on 11 October 2018 brought the number of Crown Post Offices closed or franchised to 224 (60%) since 2013. The decision to privatise these branches and hand them to WH … Read more

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IPF members join over 75 TV licence protest

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We took part in the National Pensioners Convention protest at the proposal to end or means-test the free over-75s TV licence. The government relinquished responsibility for the licence, handing it over to the BBC in its contract. A number of … Read more

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THE SCANDAL OF ATTACKS ON THE WINDRUSH GENERATION

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Luke Daniels, Chair of Caribbean Labour Solidarity spoke at our September meeting. He said that the way the Windrush generation and their families are treated reminded him of slavery! The whole ideology of racism is behind the Windrush scandal. People … Read more

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Budget: “inadequate” and “temporary” on social care

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The main issue of concern to many older people and their families in the budget is that of social care funding. Once again the Chancellor reiterated that the Green Paper on social care would be published shortly, but did not … Read more

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Working until you drop

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An estimated 23 million people will need to keep working beyond retirement age, according to new research by Canada Life. The rising cost of living, the decline of many final salary occupational pension schemes and poor returns on savings mean … Read more

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“Deep concern. . . . healing through investing. . . .we older people believe in the youth of today. . . .”

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WE REPORTED LAST MONTH: At least £39m has been cut from London council youth services in the last seven years Across 22 councils, 800 youth service full-time posts have been removed An inquiry into the capital’s youth services found that … Read more

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