UK Charity Number: 261794
AGE CONCERN ENGLAND IS A MEMBER OF A FEDERATION OF 356 INDEPENDENT CHARITIES IN ENGLAND THAT SHARE A COMMITMENT TO MAKING LATER LIFE FULFILLING, ENJOYABLE AND PRODUCTIVE. IT CAMPAIGNS ON ISSUES THAT MATTER TO OLDER PEOPLE AND SUPPORTS OTHER AGE CONCERNS IN THEIR PROVISION OF SERVICES THAT PROMOTE INDEPENDENCE AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING.
Age Concern England (registered as the National Council on Ageing) is proud of its status as one of the country’s most powerful pressure groups. Political lobbying is central to its efforts:
“We work hard to engage parliamentarians on a range of key issues of importance to older people; from income to transport, housing to employment.”
“We were delighted to be voted one of the most effective campaigning charities by MPs in a recent poll. (NFP Synergy 2005)”
Age Concern was supportive of almost all Labour initiatives when it was in power and campaigned for the passage of Harriet Harman’s so-called Equality Bill, which made it legal for employers to discriminate on the basis of race and gender. Its CEO, Shane Brennan—who evidently does not understand what ‘voluntary’ means, has since warned David Cameron—oxymoronically—that “government spending cuts could cost voluntary organisations.” Brennan’s salary is in excess of £120,000 a year.
Age Concern re-registered itself as Age Concern England in November 2010. Its 2008/09 accounts show heavy funding from:
- The Department of Health: £1,211,000
- The Department for Work & Pensions: £64,000
- The Department for Trade and Industry: £118,000
- The Department for International Development: £127,000
- The Big Lottery Fund: £3,146,000
- Total £4,666,000 (38.5% of all ‘voluntary income’)