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Bank branch closures a problem for older people

Published on 30 April 2016 12:01 AM

Age UK is calling on banks and building societies better consider t...
Pensioners should claim benefits to boost income

Published on 09 April 2016 12:01 AM

Age UK is urging all those missing out on the new state pension to...
Source : Age UK
3 million hospital bed days lost

Published on 16 March 2016 12:00 AM

Almost three million (2,998,273) hospital bed days have been lost...
An older man looking lonely

Published on 10 March 2016 12:01 AM

Hundreds of thousands of older people are facing double whammy of...
Source : Age UK
An older woman looking worried

Published on 06 March 2016 12:00 AM

Around 50,000 women and 20,000 men in their fifties and sixties are...
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Free Wills Month

Published on 01 March 2016 12:00 AM

Get your will written or updated for free throughout March....
An older lady eating at a table

Published on 10 February 2016 12:00 AM

New research by the Malnutrition Taskforce reveals that only 51% of...
1.4bn older people worldwide by 2030

Published on 03 February 2016 12:01 AM

Age UK and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Ageing...
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An older man looking lonely

Published on 28 January 2016 12:00 AM

Councils are warning that loneliness needs to be recognised as a...
Thousands with sight loss not getting care support

Published on 21 January 2016 12:01 AM

Thousands of blind and partially sighted older people are not...
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    Caroline Abrahams

    Caroline Abrahams

    Age UK Director of External Affairs Caroline Abrahams.

    Caroline Abrahams: Charity Director

    Caroline joined Age UK in 2012.

    A social scientist and barrister, Caroline has spent her career in the voluntary and public sectors, mostly on children and families’ issues. She has worked in a senior capacity at the children’s charity, Action For Children and at the Local Government Association. Caroline has also been a policy adviser to Ministers and Shadow Ministers, and a senior civil servant. A former chair of the End Child Poverty campaign, Caroline’s policy interests include integrated health and care, family policy, poverty and the role of the voluntary sector.

    Caroline oversees Age UK’s influencing work and her team covers research, public policy, health influencing, media, campaigns and engagement and public affairs. She is also the Charity's lead spokesperson.

    Caroline decided to work for Age UK because she could see that there was a lot to do to change policy and practice so older people are served well, and because she passionately believes that Age UK can make a big difference.

    Professor James Goodwin

    James Goodwin

    James GoodwinProfessor James Goodwin: Head of Research

    James is head of our research department in Age UK.

    His responsibilities include:

    • funding and commissioning a wide portfolio of research (including social and economic research, and research to improve the health and wellbeing of older people);
    • knowledge management and translation;
    • and all research partnerships, internal and external, including international.

    He has a Visiting Professorship in Ageing at Loughborough University.

    Jane Vass

    Jane Vass

    Jane Vass - Head of Public PolicyJane Vass - Head of Public Policy

    Jane Vass has been Head of Public Policy at Age UK since 2012, having joined Age UK’s predecessor, Age Concern England as Financial Services Policy Adviser in 2006. She was previously an independent consumer consultant specialising in financial services from the consumer viewpoint. In this capacity she undertook research such as reports for the National Consumer Council on equity release and on financial capability for the Securities and Investments Board. She also wrote the Daily Mail Tax Guide for 10 years. She was a member of the Financial Services Consumer Panel from 1999 to 2003, and from 1983 to 1993 she worked for Consumers’ Association.
    Jane was given an OBE for her services to financial services in the June 2015 Birthday Honours list.

    Jane Vass has been Head of Public Policy at Age UK since 2012, having joined Age UK’s predecessor, Age Concern England as Financial Services Policy Adviser in 2006.

    She was previously an independent consumer consultant specialising in financial services from the consumer viewpoint. In this capacity she undertook research such as reports for the National Consumer Council on equity release and on financial capability for the Securities and Investments Board.

    She also wrote the Daily Mail Tax Guide for 10 years. She was a member of the Financial Services Consumer Panel from 1999 to 2003, and from 1983 to 1993 she worked for Consumers’ Association.

    Jane was given an OBE for her services to financial services in the June 2015 Birthday Honours list.

Age UK later life factsheet

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