Matt Rodda for Reading East

Standing up for Reading

A better future for older people

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We have launched our plan for a better future for older people.

Here’s five things you need to know about how we’ll ensure that we build a better Britain for older people.

 You can download our manifesto in full here.

Here’s five things you need to know about how we’ll ensure that we build a better Britain for older people.

  1. We’ll protect pensioners’ living standards. We’re proud of our record of improving pensioners' living standards, but with 1.9 million pensioners still living in poverty there’s further to go. Labour will protect the state pension, ensuring that it rises by earnings, inflation, or 2.5 per cent, whichever is highest. And while we’ve taken the difficult decision to restrict winter fuel payments for the richest five per cent of pensioners in order to help pay down the deficit, we will guarantee no further changes to winter fuel payments, or older people’s bus passes or TV licenses.
  2. We’ll invest in our NHS and make sure it has time to care.Older people need to know that the NHS will be there when they need it. But under this Government the NHS has faced increasing pressures and is under threat. Labour has a fully funded plan to invest in our NHS, with 8,000 more doctors, 20,000 more nurses, and 5,000 more home care workers. And we’ll give people peace of mind, with a guarantee of a GP appointment within 48 hours, and cancer tests within a week.
  3. We have a better plan for social care. Our plan to join up services from home to hospital is vital to improve the social care services that many older people rely on. Our manifesto pledges to end the clock-watch social care culture that results in visits lasting only 15 minutes. And we’ll give people with complex conditions a single point of contact for their care, and a personalised care plan, developed with them and their family.
  4. We’ll support older people to lead active lives. Too many older people find that their desire to contribute is frustrated by a system that doesn’t give them the respect they deserve. We will help older people who want to stay at work with action to strengthen the law against discrimination. And we’ll help grandparents who want to help look after their grandchildren, consulting on allowing grandparents to share in parents’ unpaid leave.
  5. We’ll make sure older people have a champion at the heart of government. We need an independent voice to stick up for older people’s interests, across government and in public life. So Labour will appoint a new independent Commissioner for Older People in England, so that older people’s voices can be heard.

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