Age Action Alliance Weekly Members News – 7th May 2018

Weekly Members News – 07/05/2018

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Latest research and policies about ageing

The Centre for Ageing Better has published its latest round-up summary of research and policy about ageing.

How important is creative and cultural participation to our wellbeing?

Age UK has attempted to find out what makes later life worth living, exploring the striking impact of creative and cultural activities on well being.


The Chatty Cafe Scheme

The Chatty Café Scheme now has over 100 cafes signed up to provide a Chatter & Natter table, creating a space for people to talk; whether it’s for five minutes while you drink a brew, or an hour of good conversation. We’re not trying to build friendships – just simple interactions to combat loneliness and to just maybe have a big impact on someone’s day.

Tax on Pensioners proposed to heal inter-generational divide

The BBC reports on the final report of the Intergenerational Commission, setting out wide-ranging proposals – including the jobs market, housing, pensions and taxation – aimed at improving social cohesion.

Among its recommendations, the Commission proposes that £2.3 billion raised from a new progressive property tax should be used to address gaps in public social care funding. As one element of a new ‘NHS levy’, employee and self-employed National Insurance contributions should be levied on the earnings of workers over the State Pension age, raising £0.9 billion in 2020. As the second element of a new ‘NHS levy’, place a charge that mirrors employee National Insurance contributions on private occupational pension income, but initially at half the main rate and with a higher starting threshold.

The report also calls for the abolition of inheritance tax and its replacement by a lifetime receipts tax with lower rates and fewer exemptions. This should be levied on recipients, with a tax-free allowance to encourage broadly shared inheritances.

The full report is available on the Resolution Foundation website.

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