Help the Aged considers merger

Help the Aged and Age Concern have confirmed discussions about a possible merger are taking place and have not ruled out a cull of comms staff should it go ahead.

The two charities this week released a holding statement after a document revealing the merger plans was leaked to PRWeek sister title Third Sector magazine.

The charities’ press offices said they could not comment further until a decision had been made, but did not deny the possibility of redundancies in the comms department if a merger was to occur.

The joint statement said: ‘The potential obstacles and synergies of such a move will continue to be discussed over the coming months. Discussions are taking place in an open way, with full recognition of the individual strengths and charitable obj­ectives of each organisation.’

Meanwhile Age Concern has launched a campaign to redress the shortage of footcare services for older people. The charity says lack of footcare services increases the chances of falls and can lead to social isolation.

‘Feet for Purpose’ is a 12-month campaign to encourage the Government to introduce an 18-week target for footcare services, and reach out to service commissioners such as primary care trusts.

Age Concern will target local and national press to highlight the ‘postcode lottery’ that it claims affects local services and will attempt to influence MPs at the Lab­our Party conference..

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