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Age UK has agreed policy positions on a wide range of public policy issues.

Our policies cover money matters, health and wellbeing care and support, safe at home and active communities. There are also some cross-cutting themes, covered on this page, such as age equality and human rights, age-friendly government and information and advice.

See our quick reference guide for a list of all our current policy positions:

Age UK policy quick reference guide 2016 (PDF 56 KB)

How Age UK decides its policy positions

All our positions are developed in line with the ‘policy principles’ agreed with our Trustees.

Policy positions aim to set out guiding principles and key objectives in major policy areas, but we also develop more detailed policy recommendations through carrying out research and responding to consultations.

List of policy position papers

Money matters

Age UK believes that all current and future older people should have sufficient income from state and private sources to live comfortably and participate fully in society.

Consumer vulnerability (UK), April 2016 (PDF 393 KB)

Banking (Great Britain), April 2016 (PDF 426 KB)

Using housing wealth (extent varies), April 2016 (PDF 269 KB)

State pensions (UK), April 2016 (PDF 263 KB)

Consumer Policy (England), April 2016 (PDF 272 KB)

Financial Services (UK), April 2016 (PDF 265 KB)

Pension savings (UK), April 2016 (PDF 269 KB)

Poverty and financial disadvantage (UK) April 2016 (PDF 264 KB)

Taxation (UK), April 2016 (PDF 263 KB)

Welfare Reform (UK), April 2016 (PDF 267 KB)

Health and wellbeing

Public health is just as important for older people as for other age groups and prevention even more so. Preventing poor health and health crises in older people should be an essential objective for health and care services.

Safeguarding older people (Great Britian), March 2016 (PDF 386 KB)

Nutrition and Hydration (England), April 2016 (PDF 272 KB)

Mental capacity (England and Wales), April 2016 (PDF 315 KB)

Loneliness and isolation (UK), March 2016 (PDF 312 KB)

Living well with dementia (England), March 2016 (PDF 362 KB)

Independence and personalisation (England), March 2016 (PDF 268 KB)

Carers England, April 2016 (PDF 443 KB)

Health, wellbeing & prevention, England, March 2016 (PDF 308 KB)

Care and support

Older people must be able to expect high quality care and support services that are co-ordinated and joined-up around their needs and circumstances.

Age-friendly health services (England) March 2016 (PDF 354 KB)

Care homes (England) April 2016 (PDF 265 KB)

Dignity in health and social care (England) March 2016 (PDF 270 KB)

 End of life care (England) March 2016 (PDF 269 KB)

 Health and care integration (England) March 2016 (PDF 275 KB)

Older prisoners (England and Wales) April 2016 (PDF 390 KB)

Social care assessment and eligibility (England) March 2016 (PDF 264 KB)

 Telehealth and telecare (UK) March 2016 (PDF 385 KB)

Housing and homes

Older people should be able to live safely and with dignity in good quality, warm housing that meets their individual needs, free from exploitation and abuse.

Energy (Regional extent varies), April 2016 (PDF 388 KB)

Age-friendly neighbourhoods (England), April 2016 (PDF 385 KB)

Crime and scams (England and Wales), April 2016 (PDF 276 KB)

Older homelessness (England), April 2016 (PDF 275 KB)

Retirement housing (England), April 2016 (PDF 273 KB)

Rural ageing (UK), April 2016 (PDF 270 KB)

Housing design (England), April 2016 (PDF 276 KB)

Active communities

Older people contribute a huge amount to society and the economy. Through work, volunteering, caring or grandparenting, older people take part in a range of activities all of which carry significant value. However, they face many barriers, including ageism, poor transport links and digital exclusion, which prevent them from playing a full and active role in the economy and society.

Digital inclusion (UK) April 2016 (PDF 399 KB)

Public transport (England) March 2016 (PDF 397 KB)

Employment (UK) April 2016 (PDF 317 KB)

Learning and skills (England) April 2016 (PDF 266 KB)

Volunteering and active citizenship (England) April 2016 (PDF 266 KB)

Cross-cutting themes

Reshaping public services (England) April 2016 (PDF 263 KB)

Ageism and Age Equality (Great Britain) March 2016 (PDF 269 KB)

Human Rights (UK), March 2016 (PDF 110 KB)

Age friendly government (regional extent varies), March 2016 (PDF 269 KB)

Rural ageing (UK) April 2016 (PDF 270 KB)

Information and advice (regional extent varies), April 2016 (PDF 203 KB)

Further information

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