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The August PAiL Newsletter

Welcome to this our August newsletter for PAiL members, partners and older Londoners. Please distribute to your friends, colleagues or members and use any of the information or links here and include in your own newsletters. As London’s official regional age forum we provide a voice for older Londoners and their organisations and to ensure that our concerns, issues and recommendations are heard and relayed to the relevant authorities. Section 1 – PAiL Campaigns PAiL pushing…

TfL Press Release – New TfL app to help Londoners plan ahead and travel safely

The email press release we received is as follows: Good morning all, I am writing to let you know that we have launched a new travel app, TfL Go, to help everyone travel around London. TfL Go is now available to download for Apple devices. The app is not the final version, but it will have useful features to help you plan your journeys. An Android version of TfL Go will be released in the…

Covid and Older People the risks: breaking down the statistics

During the crisis, the issue of over 70s being riskier and needing lockdown was hotly debated and the government backed down under pressure. But what are the statistics behind the risks of catching COVID as you get older? We’ve reviewed the evidence which confirms that although age does affect your risk of becoming ill from coronavirus it’s too crude to say that at 70 you automatically become riskier and that younger age groups are just…

Letter to Grant Shapps – Secretary of State for Transport

Letter to Grant Shapps – Secretary of State for Transport  Dear Mr Shapps, Department for Transport Review of TfL  I am writing to you on behalf of Positive Ageing in London to protect concessionary older peoples travel for older Londoners in the forthcoming government review of Transport for London.  TfL has already suspended free travel at peak times before 9am on bus and tube for over 60s and those in receipt of the freedom pass. …

Promoting The Uptake Of Pension Credit

PAiL & Age UK London have jointly signed a letter to be disseminated by the GLA to promote the take-up of pension credit by older people. One of the benefits of getting pension credit is that if you are over 75, you will be exempt from the new charges being brought in on August 1st. While we continue to oppose the imposition by the BBC of the license fee to those over 75, as this…

The July 16th PAiL Newsletter

Welcome to this our July newsletter for PAiL members, partners and older Londoners. Please distribute to your friends, colleagues or members and use any of the information or links here and include in your own newsletters. As London’s official regional age forum we provide a voice for older Londoners and their organisations and to ensure that our concerns, issues and recommendations are heard and relayed to the relevant authorities. Section 1 – PAiL Campaigns At last they are listening!…

What Coronavirus Did For Me

I am fairly healthy for my age except for the after-effects of being knocked down by a car at 5.15 pm on Tuesday 5 March 2003 which left me with permanent injuries and lingering pain. Despite that I’ve continued being active in the older people’s movement. I gave up leading an Education Charity in 2014. We raised funds for education In Guyana from 1987. In addition, we helped send Gap Year students to Guyana through…

Goodbye Cinderella | NPC calls for a National Care Service

The NPC makes the case for a National Care Service, as Covid-19 exposes how UK fails our most vulnerable, with the launch of our book ‘Goodbye Cinderella – A New Settlement For Care Services’.The book, which costs £2 plus p&p, is available to order now. For full details please see the order form here, or see the image at the bottom of the mailout.  The NPC has also produced a pamphlet with the 15 key recommendations from…

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