Older people

Commons Briefing Papers

12.01.2016Social care: the state of the care home market (England)
The state of the care home market in England is explored in this note, including the market structure, current issues facings it, the Spending Review and provisional local authority funding settlement, and the role of local authorities and the Care Quality Commission in the market.
08.01.2016The Warm Home Discount Scheme
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the Warm Home Discount scheme (WHD). The scheme started on 1 April 2011 and was originally programmed to end on 31 March 2015. Since then it has been extended twice first until 2015/16 and most recently until 2020/21.
09.12.2015Housing an Ageing Population (England)
This House of Commons Library briefing paper discusses the challenges around providing housing for older people in the midst of both a growing population and a still recovering housing market. It covers issues around housing stock; adaptations; retirement housing and asset release.
03.11.2015Social care: Recent changes to the CQC's regulation of adult residential care (care homes)
The Care Quality Commission has changed how it regulates adult residential care (i.e. care homes), replacing blanket annual inspections of all adult care services with the reintroduction of a 'risk-based approach' meaning that poorly-rated services are inspected more frequently (together with some random inspections) under a new inspection framework underpinned by "Fundamental Standards".
24.02.2015Pensions - international comparisons
This note presents some figures to show how UK pensions compare with those in other countries. While it includes a comparison of state pensions it goes on to show how such an exercise fails to take account of other structural differences in the sources of pensioner income across different countries. A comparison of state pension alone shows the UK significantly lower than most other countries, however, the relative position of pensioners converges if income from all sources is considered.
10.11.2014Retirement homes - exit fees
This note explains action taken by the Office of Fair Trading to investigate 'exit fees' charged by managing agents or freeholders when an owner of a retirement flat wants to sell or rent out their home.
11.12.2013Care Bill [HL]
The Care Bill would consolidate existing legislation for adult social care in England into a single framework, and introduce reforms to the way care and support is accessed and funded. It also includes reforms to the regulation of health services and care standards.
01.11.2013Winter Fuel Payments update
The Winter Fuel Payment is a tax-free annual payment to help older people meet the cost of their winter fuel bills. The 'standard' rates are 200 per eligible household where the oldest person is under 80, and 300 for households containing a person aged 80 or over.
14.03.2013Insurance and discrimination laws: motor and travel insurance
This note outlines how the insurance industry operates within the law on discrimination, particularly with respect to age and sex discrimination.
06.03.2013Driving: older drivers
This short note describes the driving licence rules for people over the age of 70, including the medical requirements.

Lords Library Notes

04.12.2015Residential Care Sector
This House of Lords Library Note has been prepared ahead of a debate that is scheduled to take place in the House on 10 December 2015 on the following motion: '[...] that this House takes note of the quality and viability of the residential care sector in the light of the Government's decision to delay the implementation of the care cost cap'.
10.12.2012Debate on 14 December: Older People
This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the debate to be held on 14 December 2012 on the place and contribution of older people in society.


03.10.2011An Ageing Workforce
This POSTnote examines the main challenges to the participation and productivity of older people in the workforce.

Select Committee Reports

12.10.2011Memorandum to the Welsh Affairs Select Committee on Post-legislative assessment of the Commissioner for...
Welsh Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
14.07.2010Social Care.
Government response. Health Select Committee; Department of Health report [Commons]
14.10.2009Tackling pensioner poverty.
Government response. Department for Work and Pensions; Work and Pensions Select Committee report [Commons]
15.07.2009Tackling pensioner poverty.
Work and Pensions Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House notes the rise of so-called distraction burglaries on vulnerable elderly people; expresses condemnation on those who would carry out these attacks; calls on the police ...
That this House welcomes the construction of the Drum Brae Library and Community Hub which will open to the public at the end of January 2012; notes that the centre will include a day ...
That this House notes the recent Quest for Quality report by the British Geriatrics Society that suggests many of the estimated 400,000 older people resident in UK care homes have variable ...
That this House congratulates the Corstorphine Dementia Project's Tea Time Club on being awarded the first Degge Ridge award from the Royal London Foundation; notes that this year's ...
That this House congratulates the Dairy Council in staging the 2011 Ceremony of the Christmas Cheeses, which forms the beginning of the Chelsea Pensioners' traditional Christmas celebrations; ...


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