It was five years ago this month that the government kicked off a huge shakeup of retirement saving to get millions more people paying into a pension. So far, “automatic enrolment” is looking like a big success – but the phasing-in period is now officially over, with new rules taking effect last weekend that will impact people who set up a new business, take on a nanny or pay for a carer.
John’s Campaign is named after Dr John Gerrard, who died in November 2014 after a catastrophic stay in hospital. Shocked at how much damage disconnection can wreak on people with dementia, his daughter Nicci Gerrard and her friend Julia Jones co-founded the campaign with a single, simple principle: We should not enforce disconnection between carers and those who need care.
Advising Communities have been awarded funding from the Money Advice Service’s What Works fund to explore a new approach in improving the financial capability of people with mental health conditions and low levels of well-being (those with low levels of positivity and confidence and high levels of anxiety).
Current estimates put UK life expectancy at age 65 at just under 86 years for women and just over 83 years for men. And the number of people aged over 85 in the UK is predicted to more than double in the next 23 years to more than 3.4 million.
You’re precious, don’t ever stop taking care of yourself. It can be hard, especially if you’re feeling unwell or anxious, or tired from caring for someone else. But little things, a bit of time out, a pampering session or even just a walk, really do give you the feel good factor.