Positive Ageing in London (PAiL), which is chaired by the Wise Age Chief Exec Chris Walsh, is launching itself as an independent organisation helping to inform and represent the views and interest of older Londoners.
The meeting is at 2pm on Friday 26th June at Age UK London’s meeting room at the Age UK HQ, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9NA.
All older Londoners (over 50) are welcome.
PAiL will continue to work in partnership with Age UK London who helped create it and who are still providing support to ensure that older Londoners are given the opportunity to learn, debate and lobby on issues that affect them. PAiL will be holding meetings around such issues as:
- the Mayor’s Housing Strategy and consultation process
- the future of Older People’s Employment
- Benefits and Wellbeing and Older People.
For more information about Positive Ageing in London please visit their website: pailondon.org.uk
Figures released this month by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that there are now 8,720,000 people aged 50-64 in employment, 71.1% of that population.
This shows what an important contribution we wiseagers make to the economy. The official rate of those registered as unemployed and receiving unemployment benefits is 276,000, which is 3.1% of the population.
But – and this is a big but - the number of economically inactive 50 - 64 year olds is 3,271,000, making up 26.7% of this age group. That means in total there are over 3.5 million of us without work.
The news that the Conservatives intend to end the triple lock is disturbing to many older people as this means that they are likely to end up worse off than they are at present. The rise in income standards for older people, while small, has been important over the last years. UK pensioners are still amongst the lowest paid in Western Europe and for those living only on the state pension poverty is always a danger.
In particular women carers who have sacrificed regular paid work over the years to care for children, grandchildren and elderly relatives suffer both from a lack of full NI contributions and employers pension benefits. This is one reason why there are over 1 million single women pensions living on or below the poverty line.