March 2013

Welcome to your monthly update for the month of March.  Winter may still be with us but our members are out of hibernation and working together to improve older people’s lives…together:

Monthly Highlights – March

Alliance Membership Latest
The Alliance now has 841 followers on Twitter and 321 organisations are now signed up as Alliance members. New members this month include:

 Age Concern Liverpool and Sefton
 Solicitors for Older People Scotland
 Brighton and Hove City Council
 Hartley Watts Communications
 Ransackers
 Hellewell Pasley and Brewer Solicitors
 KEYconcept
 Encore Futures
 Age Concern North East Wales

New Website Update
The new website has now been built and we are now in the process of populating content on the new site. Many of you have already been involved in the development and testing of the website. We will undertake further testing with older people and organisations and resolve any issues in early April. All being well we will publish at the end of April. We are looking for more photos, resources and blogs to show the diversity of work underway so please do contact us if you would like to contribute.

Partnership Board Meets
On 5 March the Board met to discuss the Vision and Values of the Alliance. It was agreed that these needed to be refined to emphasise that the Alliance is a network rather than an organisation and its unique offer of a solutions focused partnership approach.

Working Group Updates Public Health and Active Lifestyles working group met on 19 March and had a presentation from the Dairy Council on nutrition. They hope to engage with the recently announced ‘what works’ initiative and have their work endorsed by a scientific panel of academics from the UK, Europe and USA.
 Digital Inclusion group met on 26 March to progress resource gathering and product sharing.
 Healthy Workplaces group issues first draft of its Employers Resource Guide to members for comment ahead of a planned April launch.
 Money Matters group are considering key issues for older people and finance, with the aim of creating an accessible information resource.

Useful Member Publications
 National Energy Action (NEA) launched the Fuel Poverty Monitor. The UK Fuel Poverty Monitor is published on a regular basis in an attempt to identify emerging problems and solutions related to fuel poverty policy in a post-devolution political.

 On 28th February DWP published two research reports on material deprivation. The reports, one quantitative the other qualitative, provide in-depth analysis of the low income and material deprivation experiences of older people and detailed insight into older people’s lived experiences of deprivation.

The quantitative analysis showed that around 80 per cent of pensioners do not experience low income or material deprivation. However, around 2 million pensioners do experience some level of hardship (financial or non-financial).

Although income is important, as the qualitative report brings out, a range of factors such as the cost of living influence the extent to which pensioners are materially deprived. In prioritising their spending, pensioners most commonly scaled back social activities – which can deepen deprivation through reduced contact with family, friends and neighbours. For a full summary, visit the DWP website here.

Download word version here: Monthly Highlights – March

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