Age Action Alliance Weekly Member’s News – 21 August 2017


Dear Age Action Alliance member,


enei are delighted provide the secretarial function for the Age Action Alliance going forward. As a long standing, active member we recognise the tremendous opportunities being a member provides. It’s not just the weekly newsletter or access to the website and its resources, it’s the opportunity to meet with other members, to work in partnership and to make a real difference to older people’s lives.

Over the next few weeks we will be working with DWP colleagues to make sure the transition is a seamless process. We are establishing a new Advisory Board and will issue more details in due course. In the meantime, we would love to hear from members about their hopes and ambitions, or more practical issues including support for the working groups.

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Opportunities for Action


  • Care & Repair England has updated the flyer on its Catch 22 project, which identifies the aims of the project, current issues and the action being taken to improve the health, housing and ageing evidence base. They continue to work with a wide range of academics and stakeholders to support research projects, facilitate new groups and initiatives, grow the research network and make representations to policy makers, funders and commissioners concerning the importance of new research in this field. Please do contact Martin Hodges,Health and Housing and Programme lead, if you wish to discuss the programme or have any project ideas that would be relevant to Catch 22. Email Mobile 0751 654 5586.


  • The Future of Ageing Conference 2017 is taking place on Wednesday, 29th November.This conference will aim to reinvigorate those of us already convinced of the importance of ageing. But to achieve the transformation we need must reach beyond the usual suspects. We need businesses, entrepreneurs, people managers, and marketing professionals to work with the charity sector and policy makers and politicians to deliver change. And we need to help provide the evidence to make the case for action. Thursday, 31st August is the final day to purchase tickets at the special early bird rates. Click here for more information.


  • Age UK London is working with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) to give you free resources and support. They will be holding a workshop in London to support their ‘The Way Ahead’ Engagement Project foucusing on risk management and the responsibilities and legal duties of trustees/management committees. Contact Zara Ghods to register or for more information.


  • Call for written evidence for the ILC-UK Commission on Dementia and Music The ILC-UK has launched a Commission on Dementia and Music, designed to explore the current and potential role of music-based interventions in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and end of life care for people with dementia. As part of this high level Commission, the ILC-UK are seeking written evidence from a range of experts, framed by two overarching questions. Please click here to download a written evidence template, which provides further information about the Commission, the call for evidence and the questions which they would like to put to respondents. Please note that not all questions may be relevant for all respondents and the ILC-UK would therefore be happy to receive partial submissions. The written submissions will form a key part of the evidence base for a final report due to be published in December of this year. The final report is intended for a policy and public audience, so written submissions should be accessible but at the same time, informative, thought provoking, ideally challenging while offering solutions/recommendations. Please send any written evidence (strictly using the template) to the email address set up for this purpose:, and please note that the deadline for submissions is 5pm Friday 1 September 2017.


For Your Information


  • The Lovejoy Centre in Worthing have published their latest newsletter. Click here to see what they have been doing to support people with dementia.


  • Simple Assessment for Pensioners
    In the next couple of months HMRC will be writing to all taxpayers who reached state pension age in 2016/17 explaining the Simple Assessment process. HMRC will be sending out the actual Simple Assessments (PA302) in October 2017. Remember that if taxpayers don’t agree with the figures on the Simple Assessment, they must query the figures within 60 days of the date of issue.


  • HMRC Withdrawal of Post Office Payments
    From 15 December 2017 it will no longer be possible for taxpayers to make payments to HMRC at the Post Office. HMRC will shortly be issuing letters to its customers starting with Tax Credits, NICO and Child Benefit customers (as these people tend to pay frequently via the Post Office and may need the most help in finding alternative methods of payment). HMRC will not be issuing a press release regarding this change. All the different ways to pay HMRC can be found by clicking here.


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