PUBLIC SECT0R: Age Concern bids to end 'sickbed' pension slashing

Age Concern will launch a lobbying campaign to stop the slashing of

long-term elderly patients' pensions.



Under current legislation pensioners see their benefits reduced if they

stay in hospital for more than six weeks.



AC's campaign is aimed at urging the Government to reinstate full

benefits for pensioners in hospital as a provision in the State Pensions

Credit Bill, which is currently making its way through Parliament.



The bill is in its report stage in the House of Lords before it is voted

on by MPs.



Parliamentary work is being overseen by Michelle Mitchell, AC's newly

appointed head of public affairs. Mitchell reports to director of comms

Neil Churchill.



She said: 'We need to challenge an assumption in government that the

pension issue has been resolved. It has not.'



Other lobbying initiatives over the year include rolling out AC's

equality in the work place campaign to include targeting of the business

community.



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