Age UK's response to The Queen's Speech - December 2019
By: Age UK
Published on 19 December 2019 12:00 PM
Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK said: "It was encouraging to see social care near the top of the agenda in today’s Queens Speech. At the moment our broken system condemns 1.5 million older people to struggle on alone. For the millions of older and disabled people, and their families and carers, who rely on our social care system every day, change cannot come too soon.
"While we welcome the intention to seek cross party consensus on such a significant area of reform it is non the less vital that whatever the response Government doesn’t falter in its commitment to fix social care. We look forward to learning more about the new measures to protect tenants and on domestic abuse.”
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Notes to editors
 An ‘older household’ for the purposes of the BEIS fuel poverty figures being used in the press release is defined as ‘a household where the oldest person is aged 60 or over’.
 Age UK calculation: Based on the End Fuel Poverty Coalition’s fuel poverty projections (available here: http://www.endfuelpoverty.org.uk/price-cap-methodology/) combined with BEIS statistics on the proportion of fuel poor households where the oldest person is aged 60+ (available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fuel-poverty-statistics#2019-statistics).
 BEIS, 2021. Annual Fuel Poverty Statistics in England, 2021 (2019 data). Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/fuel-poverty-detailed-tables-2021. [Accessed 03/11/21]. LILEE data, table 22.
 DWP (29 October 2020). Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up 2018-19: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up--2
 25,681 people in total have told Age UK that they are worried about their energy bills. The time frame for campaigners saying they’re worried about bills is 21st Oct – 14th November 2021.
 To date, 6,536 Age UK campaigners have written to their MP to raise their concerns about energy issues. The timeframe for the MP action is Thursday 18th – Wednesday 24th November 2021.