Cold at home: How winter cost of living pressures continue to impact older people

Cost of living pressures continue to stretch the household finances of older people. Age UK conducted two waves (January 2023 and January 2024) of polling to assess the impact. While our evidence suggests that some people have begun to adjust to the cost of living, for millions of older people the situation remains completely unmanageable.

A hidden crisis: Older people and deprivation of liberty in care homes

Our right to personal liberty dates back to Magna Carta in 1215, if not before: “No free man shall be seized or imprisoned…except by the lawful judgement of his equals or by the law of the land.” This fundamental idea, which was further developed and enshrined in the Habeas Corpus Act in 1679, is at the heart of our understanding of what it means to be free and to live in a democracy. It is part of our birthright and something we are proud of and rightly hold very dear in this country.

Housing needs of young people

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The number of young adults who own a home in the UK has fallen in recent decades. More families in England and Wales had adult children living with them in 2021 compared to 10 years earlier. Barriers to home ownership included increased property prices relative to incomes. Think tanks have considered whether alternative housing policies would help more young people get onto the property ladder. The government has also introduced various schemes aimed at supporting home ownership.

An unfair share: Local Housing Allowance is failing young people

For many young people, the benefits system is based on a fiction. It is asking them to rent homes that literally do not exist. In this report, we consider the design, operation and impact of the Shared Accommodation Rate (SAR), ie the rate of housing cost support available to benefit claimants under 35 years old, if they are single and do not have children.