All-Party Parliamentary Group
Age UK provides the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Ageing and Older People.
The APPG works to engage with the political and legislative issues before parliament affecting people in later life. The group covers a wide range of issues from housing and transport to health and social care. At the moment, we are conducting all of our work virtually.
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If you're interested in finding out more or want to attend any of these meetings, please email us.
Digital Inclusion and Older People
This meeting looked at issues surrounding digital inclusion and older people. Although the number of older people who are digitally connected continues to rise, there are still around 3 million people aged 65 and older who do not use the internet. As much of the economy and society becomes increasingly reliant on the use of digital technology, it’s more important than ever that older people are still able to access essential services and fully take part in society. We heard from speakers who gave us insight into the impact that digital exclusion had on older people, what services can help older people gain digital skills, and how we can ensure that people without access to the internet are not disadvantaged in accessing information and services.
Pensioner Poverty in the UK Today
This meeting focused on pensioner poverty and what can be done to tackle it. The latest figures show that 2.1 million (18%) of pensioners in the UK live in poverty. Every day, older people up and down the UK have to make difficult decisions on how to spend their limited fixed incomes. For many pensioners living in poverty, this means deciding between switching the heating on or buying less food. Speakers addressed issues such as increasing the uptake of pension credit, groups that were most at risk of pensioner poverty, and how the current cost of living crisis affects the poorest pensioners.
Femicide: Tackling Violence Against Older Women
This meeting examined how femicide can be better identified and understood, and what steps can be taken to tackle violence against older women. Cases of women over 60 being killed are often dismissed as accidents and are not investigated by the police. Until last year, victims over the age of 74 were not counted in the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW). We heard from speakers who touched on the barriers that older victims of domestic abuse and violence face when trying to access services, the impact that the pandemic has had on femicide, and how services can identify and provide support to older women at risk.
Human rights in care homes
On 21st July, we met to discuss the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on human rights in care homes. The pandemic raised concerns about the equality and human rights standards in care homes, with issues such as bans on care home visits, Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) orders and discharging patients into care homes without testing. We heard from speakers who gave us insight into how human rights in care homes have been impacted by the pandemic, from the perspective of providers, residents, and relatives. We also heard from a campaigner whose mother has been in a care home throughout the pandemic about her experience and how it has impacted her mother.
Older People and Malnutrition in the UK today
On 10th March we held a meeting focused on identifying and understanding the risks of malnutrition and disease-related malnutrition across all sectors and settings, and the importance of raising awareness of the issue. It is estimated that 1 in 10 older people in the UK are at risk of malnutrition or are undernourished, which means that they are not eating well enough to maintain their health and wellbeing. With signs of unintentional weight loss often going unnoticed, the lack of awareness around malnutrition poses a significant risk to older people.
Meeting older people’s needs during lockdown
On 8 July we met to discuss whether the needs of the most vulnerable older people were being met during lockdown, and how they can be met in the long term. We know that Covid-19 has impacted directly and indirectly on older people more than other groups and realistically life will not return to normal for older people in our communities for years to come. More must be done therefore to protect older people’s care provision, ability to access vital services, and their physical and mental health.
The APPG for Ageing and Older people is currently planning future meetings on a range of topics that affect older people. Look out for updates on this page, and if you'd like to be added to the APPG's mailing list for updates on the group's plans, email PublicAffairs@ageuk.org.ukor call 0788 773 6346.