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Published on 30 April 2016 12:00 AM

  HALVING OF BANK BRANCHES AN INCREASING PROBLEM FOR OLDER PEOPLE Age UK calls on financial sector to implement...
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Published on 16 March 2016 12:00 AM

Almost three million hospital bed days lost due to collapse of social care services On Budget day Age UK warns that...
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Published on 10 March 2016 12:01 AM

Charity warns that hundreds of thousands of older people are facing ‘double whammy’ of unmet care needs and being...
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Published on 06 March 2016 12:01 AM

70,000 will fail to qualify for a state pension under new rules from this April - and many of them don't know it Arou...
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Published on 10 February 2016 12:00 AM

New research shows only half of health professionals regard malnutrition as a priority New research by the Malnutriti...

Published on 06 February 2016 10:30 AM

  NEARLY 50,000 PEOPLE SET TO RECEIVE A LOWER STATE PENSION DUE TO CHANGES FROM APRIL Around 26,400 women and 21,200...
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Published on 03 February 2016 12:01 AM

1.4bn older people worldwide by 2030 Is the financial services sector ready for the ‘super-ageing’ world? Age UK and...
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Published on 28 January 2016 12:01 AM

Loneliness a major public health concern, say councils Councils are warning that loneliness needs to be recognised as...

Published on 21 January 2016 12:01 AM

Almost 12,500 blind and partially sighted older people become casualties of the social care crisis Thousands of blind...
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    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.

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    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.

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    James GoodwinProfessor James Goodwin: Head of Research

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    He has a Visiting Professorship in Ageing at Loughborough University.

    Jane Vass

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    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.

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