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  • = Key Development Monday 15th December
  • 15:25 Updated Charter for Budget Responsibility Press Release

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    The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander have published and laid before Parliament an updated Charter for Budget Responsibility. The Charter for Budget Responsibility sets out... Continue to article

  • 07:00 Mirror: David Miliband advises Hillary Clinton in her bid to become US President News

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  • = Key Development Thursday 11th December
  • 12:39 Danny Alexander: Labour would cut slower, with no timeframe On air

    On Air | Danny Alexander MP | Chief Secretary to the Treasur... | Sky News Video Danny Alexander MP

    Danny Alexander said that Ed Miliband’s approach to the deficit was to take longer over dealing with it, and criticised the fact that he did not set targets to get the UK’s finances back on track. “I think we learned today why Ed Miliban... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 9th December
  • 15:57 Andrew Tyrie: CIA torture report implicates the UK On air

    On Air | Andrew Tyrie MP | Chair Treasury Select Committe... | BBC News Video Andrew Tyrie MP

    Andrew Tyrie said today's report into CIA conduct by the US Senate Intelligence Committee had implications for the UK which must be pursued.   “The UK was implicated in this programme in a number of ways, that was initially denied, but e... Continue to article

  • 12:45 Danny Alexander 'would not advocate' a rise in VAT House of Commons

    Danny Alexander 'would not advocate' a rise in VAT House of Commons

    The Chief Secretary to the Treasury has said he “would not advocate” a rise in VAT, during Treasury Questions today. Danny Alexander hit back at accusations from Labour’s Shabana Mahmood, who said the Government had “refused to rule out ... Continue to article

  • 12:15 Sir Richard Ottaway: CIA interrogation report will not cast Britain in embarrassing light On air

    On Air | Richard Ottaway MP | Chair Foreign Affairs Select C... | BBC News Video Richard Ottaway MP

    Sir Richard Ottaway said he did not believe Britain would find today's report into CIA conduct by the US Senate Intelligence Committee "embarassing". "In the last Parliament I sat on the Intelligence and Security Committee. And when we d... Continue to article

  • 07:05 Independent: US embassies braced for attacks as report on CIA torture comes out News

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  • 07:00 Times: US on alert as report exposes CIA torture (£) News

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  • 07:00 BBC: CIA torture report: US raises security ahead of release News

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  • 07:00 Guardian: UK among US allies fearing revelations over role in CIA rendition programme News

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  • = Key Development Monday 8th December
  • 08:48 Danny Alexander: Labour and Tories are lurching away from mainstream On air

    On Air | Danny Alexander MP | Chief Secretary to the Treasur... | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Danny Alexander MP

    Danny Alexander accused Labour and the Conservatives of “lurching away” from the political consensus on deficit reduction. “What matters to this country is having a state that can do the things we want it to do. And that’s what I think w... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 4th December
  • 13:57 Danny Alexander: We see a bigger role for taxes on the wealthy than the Conservatives do On air

    On Air | Danny Alexander MP | Chief Secretary to the Treasur... | BBC News Video Danny Alexander MP

    Danny Alexander said the Liberal Democrats saw a bigger role for taxes on the wealthy than the Conservatives did. "We’ve in government set out plans that go through to March 2016. As a party we are committed to finishing the job of elimi... Continue to article

  • 10:11 Nick Clegg: I missed the Autumn Statement because I was in Cornwall On air

    On Air | Nick Clegg MP | Deputy PM and Lib Dem leader | Call Clegg, LBC Radio Video Nick Clegg MP

    Nick Clegg said he didn’t attend yesterday’s Autumn Statement because he chose instead to “go out and talk to normal people” in Cornwall.   “The reason I wasn’t is I had a choice. Look, I have been doing these autumn statements and budge... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 3rd December
  • 22:59 Danny Alexander: Lib Dems' main coalition priority is fair deficit reduction On air

    On Air | Danny Alexander MP | Chief Secretary to the Treasur... | Newsnight, BBC Two Video Danny Alexander MP

    Danny Alexander said the Liberal Democrats' main coalition priority would be fair deficit reduction. "Back in 2010 we decided what the overall spending totals would be right the way through to the end of this parliament and we did a spen... Continue to article

  • 17:28 Danny Alexander: Vince Cable is entitled to write to whomsoever he wishes On air

    On Air | Danny Alexander MP | Chief Secretary to the Treasur... | PM, BBC Radio 4 Video Danny Alexander MP

    Danny Alexander distanced himself from Vince Cable, following a report that the Business Secretary has written to the OBR calling for clearer differentiation between Lib Dem and Tory tax and spend plans in its economic forecasts. "I have... Continue to article

  • 14:15 Danny Alexander: We have made economic progress On air

    On Air | Danny Alexander MP | Chief Secretary to the Treasur... | BBC News Video Danny Alexander MP

    Speaking after the Autumn Statement, Danny Alexander defended the Government's record on growth. "The OBR have put together their forecast, they have enhanced the growth forecasts for this year and next year, recognising actually the pro... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 2nd December
  • 17:04 George Osborne: Transport, homes and culture - the keys to a new plan for London News

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    The National Infrastructure Plan unveiled today is worthy of thew world's greatest capital city Continue to article

  • 14:50 Shelter: response to National Infrastructure Plan housing announcements Press Release

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    Shelter press release In response to the launch of the National Infrastructure Plan Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of Shelter, said: “We are still building less than half the homes we need, so it's good to hear that the government is tr... Continue to article

  • 14:29 Diana Johnson: Flood defence spending is political On air

    On Air | Diana Johnson MP | Shadow Home Office Minister | BBC News Video Diana Johnson MP

    Diana Johnson welcomed the announcement of funds for maintenance of the Humber Estuary but implied that higher amounts for other parts of the country could be politically motivated.   “It’s a start: it’s £80m over six years and we welcom... Continue to article

  • 14:14 Story (39 links): Alexander outlines infrastructure plans

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    The Government has unveiled details of its plans for infrastructure spending, including giving the state a direct role in building new homes for the first time in a generation.

    Danny Alexander this morning revealed plans for a new garden city and 1,400 flood defence schemes to be be announced in the Autumn Statement.

    But most eye-catching was the announcement that a pilot scheme is being launched that will see 10,000 new houses built at a former RAF base in Northstowe under the direction of the Homes and Communities Agency.

    "This is the first time in a generation that the government has owned land, led a development on it of this scale and considered commissioning homes directly," the Chief Secretary to the Treasury said.

    "Using the government's balance sheet will ensure that the scheme is delivered up to twice as fast and we will be able to ensure that developers build the right type of housing. This is the first time in a generation the government has acted as a developer on its own land in this way."

    Mr Alexander stressed that government commissioning would be “examined as a solution for the country as a whole” if the pilot proves successful. He also confirmed plans for 13,000 homes to be built in Bicester, the site of the Government’s second proposed garden city.

    David Cameron has also hailed an announcement of £2.3bn towards a six-year fund to bolster the country's flood defences. The Government claims the fund will benefit more than 1,400 projects.

    "The first thing that we are doing is that we have made sure that all the flood defences that were damaged last year have been repaired and replaced, and that’s very good news," the Prime Minister said on a visit to Oxfordshire.

    "Today we are setting out £2.3bn to be spent on capital projects, i.e. flood prevention projects, over the next parliament… That is going to protect over 300,000 homes, including here obviously in Oxford. £300m spent across the Thames Valley but a lot of money spent in other parts of the country too."

    Labour said the funding was targeted at key marginal seats, accusing the Government of “pork barrel politics”. 

  • 14:05 David Cameron: Damaged flood defences have been repaired as part of £2.3bn plans On air

    On Air | David Cameron MP | Prime Minister | Pooled Clip, Sky News Video David Cameron MP

    David Cameron said flood defences damaged last year had been repaired and replaced as part of the Government's flood prevention plan. "The first thing that we are doing is that we have made sure that all the flood defences that were dama... Continue to article

  • 14:00 Peter Hoskin blog: Yesterday’s roads announcement and the battle for ownership News

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    Whose policy was it really? Osborne and McLoughlin’s? Or Alexander and Clegg’s? Both sides are trying to claim credit. Continue to article

  • 13:20 Lord Deighton: Spending on infrastructure up by 15% in this parliament On air

    On Air | Lord Deighton | Commercial Secretary to the Tr... | The World At One, BBC Radio 4

    Lord Deighton dismissed figures that showed infrastructure construction output fell by 7.7% in the four years to 2014. "That’s not a correct picture; we’ve done very careful work on this. The average infrastructure investment in this par... Continue to article

  • 10:00 Maria Eagle: Govt cut real terms investment in flood protection by 10% On air

    On Air | Maria Eagle MP | Shadow Environment Secretary | BBC News Video Maria Eagle MP

    Maria Eagle accused the government of having cut budgets for flood defences in previous years. "It’s a good idea but it’s a shame that when they came into office, they cut by 10% in real terms our investment in flood protection. They cut... Continue to article

  • 07:40 Danny Alexander: Flood defence programme will save UK economy £30bn in damage costs On air

    On Air | Danny Alexander MP | Chief Secretary to the Treasur... | Sky News Video Danny Alexander MP

    Danny Alexander claimed the Government's flood defences plan would save the UK £30bn in economic damage. "Fourteen hundred schemes across the country are going to be invested in over the next six years. This is the largest and also longe... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 1st December
  • 20:12 Danny Alexander: No reason that there shouldn't be a Scottish chief secretary to the Treasury Press Release

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    Speaking as one of the guests on The Agenda with Tom Bradby to be broadcast on ITV at 10.35pm tonight, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said there was no reason that there shouldn't be a Scottish chief secretary to the Treasu... Continue to article

  • 16:00 Dugher slams McLoughlin as 'all talk and no delivery' on road investment PoliticsHome News

    Dugher slams McLoughlin as 'all talk and no delivery' on road investment PoliticsHome News

    The Government’s announcement on road investment has been branded a “classic case of all-talk and no delivery” by the Shadow Transport Secretary. Michael Dugher said during a statement in the Commons that the announcement today was “an u... Continue to article

  • 15:37 In Brief Events

    15:37 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Prime Minister David Cameron makes an announcement on funding for dementia research Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg makes an announcement on Bicester, the site of the Government's proposed second garden city Chief Secretary to the Tr... Continue to article

  • 06:02 Edward Luce: Clinton’s rickety bridge to the White House (£) News

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    Voters lack a compelling reason to embrace Democrats, as opposed to simply rejecting Republicans Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 30th November
  • 11:36 Lib Dems call for half of £2bn NHS fund to be spent on mental health PoliticsHome News

    Lib Dems call for half of £2bn NHS fund to be spent on mental health PoliticsHome News

    The Liberal Democrats have called for half of the Chancellor’s £2bn NHS cash injection to be spent on improving mental health services. Brian Paddick told Sky News’ Murnaghan programme that £1bn of new government health spending should g... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 27th November
  • 20:00 Ed masters discipline The House Magazine

    20:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine Ed masters discipline

      Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield     Ed Balls is feeling the pressure. In just a few days, he faces yet another big test of his ability, with huge amounts at stake if he fails. But it’s not the Autumn Statement tha... Continue to article

  • 13:30 Danny Alexander: Smith Commission plans give Scotland home rule within the UK On air

    On Air | Danny Alexander MP | Chief Secretary to the Treasur... | World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Danny Alexander MP

    Danny Alexander said the Smith Commission's proposals for further Scottish devolution effectively amounted to home rule. “I think that it is the right thing to do; it’s something that we as Liberal Democrats have proposed for many years.... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 18th November
  • 17:35 Dot Commons: Danny puts Coalition on ice Dot Commons

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    Are we witnessing a chill in one of the Coalition's more successful relationships? Danny Alexander told reporters at a Westminster lunch today that his Tory boss, Chancellor George Osborne, keeps a lock on his fridge in the Treasury to s...

  • 17:16 Chris Cillizza blog: The Fix: Nancy Pelosi seems to think Democrats won the election. News

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    Nancy Pelosi was unanimously reelected to her post as the top Democrat in the House on Tuesday. Continue to article

  • 17:11 Steerpike blog: Who holds the keys to the Treasury fridge? News

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    It seems the most exciting thing to come out of today’s Commons press gallery lunch with Danny Alexander was the Chief Secretary to the Treasury’s claim that George Osborne locks his fridge. Continue to article

  • 15:22 Jeb Lund blog: Keystone XL doesn't mean anything anymore. So why does it meaneverything? | Jeb Lund News

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    It won’t lower your gas prices or create as many jobs as you’re being told. Is this vote the biggest Republican nothingburger yet? Continue to article

  • 15:20 Danny Alexander: Tackle deficit with taxes on the rich PoliticsHome News

    Danny Alexander: Tackle deficit with taxes on the rich PoliticsHome News

    Danny Alexander has said “taxes on the wealthy are what is needed” to tackle the deficit in the next parliament. At a lunch with journalists at Westminster today, the Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury defended his party’s ... Continue to article

  • 10:05 Simon Jenkins blog: If Charles Manson has found love, surely that’s a good thing? |Simon Jenkins News

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    A 26-year-old woman is due to marry the 80-year-old killer – there are precedents, and the motivation is not always cynical Woman, 26, is to marry mass murderer, Charles Manson, aged 80 and imprisoned. Continue to article

  • 09:38 Danny Alexander response to inflation figures Press Release

    09:38| Press Release

    Treasury press release Commenting on today’s inflation numbers, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary Danny Alexander said, "Consistently low inflation helps give businesses the confidence to invest as well as helping with family budgets. ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 6th November
  • 12:21 Danny Alexander: Oil price falls should be passed on to consumers On air

    On Air | Danny Alexander MP | Chief Secretary to the Treasur... | BBC News Video Danny Alexander MP

    Danny Alexander said he wanted to see falls in the price of oil passed on the consumers at the pump. "We’ve seen in the last six weeks alone the Sterling price of crude oil fall by nearly 14% and that does need to be passed on.  I’m deli... Continue to article

  • 12:21 Danny Alexander: Oil price falls should be passed on to consumers On air

    On Air | Danny Alexander MP | Chief Secretary to the Treasur... | BBC News Video Danny Alexander MP

    Danny Alexander said he wanted to see falls in the price of oil passed on the consumers at the pump. "We’ve seen in the last six weeks alone the Sterling price of crude oil fall by nearly 14% and that does need to be passed on.  I’m deli... Continue to article

  • 10:09 Vince Cable: Public needs reassurance on fuel prices On air

    On Air | Vince Cable MP | Business Secretary | Sky News Video Vince Cable MP

    Vince Cable backed his Lib Dem Cabinet colleague Danny Alexander’s call for petrol and diesel distributors to pass on the falls in oil prices to consumers. “It’s the right thing to do. There is a lot of public cynicism that when world oi... Continue to article

  • 10:09 Vince Cable: Public needs reassurance on fuel prices On air

    On Air | Vince Cable MP | Business Secretary | Sky News Video Vince Cable MP

    Vince Cable backed his Lib Dem Cabinet colleague Danny Alexander’s call for petrol and diesel distributors to pass on the falls in oil prices to consumers. “It’s the right thing to do. There is a lot of public cynicism that when world oi... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 30th October
  • 20:00 2020 Vision The House Magazine

    20:00 | The House Magazine | PoliticsHome The House Magazine 2020 Vision

    Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield    My eyesight has been improving,” says Danny Alexander. “They say you get more long-sighted as you get older, and I was slightly short-sighted to start with. So maybe that process has del... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 24th October
  • 13:29 Danny Alexander: EU surcharge is not acceptable On air

    On Air | Danny Alexander MP | Chief Secretary to the Treasur... | World at One, BBC Radio 4 Video Danny Alexander MP

    Danny Alexander said the demands being made on the EU to pay a £1.7bn surchange were “not acceptable” and he only became aware of the situation a few days ago. “It’s just not acceptable to try and change the fees for the EU over many pre... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 14th October
  • 12:47 Lobby:No 10: PM has addressed Cabinet on ISIL Lobby Briefings

    12:47 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    David Cameron and Philip Hammond addressed Cabinet this morning on the Government's efforts to combat ISIL, while George Osborne and Danny Alexander updated the Cabinet on the Autumn Statement. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman sai... Continue to article

  • 11:12 Danny Alexander: Our pensions reforms are liberal policies On air

    On Air | Danny Alexander MP | Chief Secretary to the Treasur... | Sky News Video Danny Alexander MP

    Danny Alexander said that new Government policies to allow people more flexibility about their pensions was a “liberal” policy. “The idea is… to give people much greater flexibility over how they're able to use their pensions savings, th... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 13th October
  • 14:19 Danny Alexander: Likely hung parliament after election means Lib Dems should be included in debates On air

    On Air | Danny Alexander MP | Chief Secretary to the Treasur... | Pooled Clip, Sky News Video Danny Alexander MP

    Danny Alexander said his party should be included in the proposed TV debates because a hung parliament was a likely outcome of the next election. "We welcome the fact that plans have been put forward but I don’t accept that Liberal Democ... Continue to article

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Alexander outlines infrastructure plans

The Government has unveiled details of its plans for infrastructure spending, including giving the state a direct role in building new homes for the first time in a generation.

Danny Alexander this morning revealed plans for a new garden city and 1,400 flood defence schemes to be be announced in the Autumn Statement.

But most eye-catching was the announcement that a pilot scheme is being launched that will see 10,000 new houses built at a former RAF base in Northstowe under the direction of the Homes and Communities Agency.

"This is the first time in a generation that the government has owned land, led a development on it of this scale and considered commissioning homes directly," the Chief Secretary to the Treasury said.

"Using the government's balance sheet will ensure that the scheme is delivered up to twice as fast and we will be able to ensure that developers build the right type of housing. This is the first time in a generation the government has acted as a developer on its own land in this way."

Mr Alexander stressed that government commissioning would be “examined as a solution for the country as a whole” if the pilot proves successful. He also confirmed plans for 13,000 homes to be built in Bicester, the site of the Government’s second proposed garden city.

David Cameron has also hailed an announcement of £2.3bn towards a six-year fund to bolster the country's flood defences. The Government claims the fund will benefit more than 1,400 projects.

"The first thing that we are doing is that we have made sure that all the flood defences that were damaged last year have been repaired and replaced, and that’s very good news," the Prime Minister said on a visit to Oxfordshire.

"Today we are setting out £2.3bn to be spent on capital projects, i.e. flood prevention projects, over the next parliament… That is going to protect over 300,000 homes, including here obviously in Oxford. £300m spent across the Thames Valley but a lot of money spent in other parts of the country too."

Labour said the funding was targeted at key marginal seats, accusing the Government of “pork barrel politics”. 


Whitehall tax rules unveiled

Danny Alexander has unveiled tough new rules for Whitehall departments that break off-payroll rules.

As many as 3,000 civil servants are thought to minimise their tax bills by being employed via contracts with private firms.

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury announced measures to curb the practice, which it is believed loses the country millions of pounds in revenue each year.

There will be heavy fines for those who do not comply with the new rules. Mr Alexander said it was important that "senior public sector staff pay and are seen to pay their full share of income tax".

Head of the Civil Service Sir Bob Kerslake said: "I believe it is completely inappropriate for any senior permanent position in the civil service to be held by a contractor instead of a civil servant paying tax in the ordinary way.

"These new measures are an important step in addressing the relatively small number of cases that breach this principle."


£16bn more in cuts

Government departments will have to find a further £16bn in cuts as the Treasury tries to keep spending down. In a speech to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander will warn of the need for greater austerity measures. He will say the cuts are: "another signal of our unwavering determination to deliver the fiscal consolidation we promised”.


No 10 backs Danny on AAA rating

Downing Street has backed Danny Alexander over his comments on Britain's credit rating, saying what matters most for the Government is "having the right policies in place".

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury this morning hinted at the possibility of Britain losing its AAA status, claiming the credit rating was not the "be-all and end-all".

"What matters is have we got the right policy mix for the country to get people back into work, to support economic growth, to deal with the huge problems in our public finances?" he told the Today programme.

"The credit agencies reflect on those things and the ratings they give are a reflection of the credibility of that mix."

The Prime Minister’s spokesman supported Mr Alexander’s comments, insisting what mattered was that the Government was tackling the deficit.

“I think the point the Chief Secretary was making is that credit ratings agencies have a role to play, but what they do is that they make judgements on credit ratings," he said.

"What matters for the Government is having the right policies in place. Clearly, an important part of that is having a credible policy for reducing the deficit."

Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, Rachel Reeves, said Mr Alexander's comments "suggest Ministers are worried about more bad news from the rating agencies".

"Instead of a change in rhetoric the country needs a change of course and a plan for jobs and growth," she added.


Danny Alexander is to clamp down on loopholes that allow civil servants to avoid paying the full rate of income tax.

An official investigation found that 2,000 senior civil servants earning more than £58,200 avoided paying the full rate of tax by being employed ‘off payroll’, though service companies or employment agencies rather than directly.

Details were revealed in a letter from Mr Alexander to the Chancellor George Osborne, seen by BBC Newsnight. Mr Alexander said: “The sheer scale of off-payroll engagements across government, and the length and size of these contracts, suggests that the scope for artificial tax minimisation may be greater than previously understood.

Mr Alexander is to force any official who has been employed for more than six months on more than £220 a day to become full staff members.


Balls blasts 'unpopular' Budget

Ed Balls has blasted Wednesday's Budget as being "one of the most unpopular, unfair and flawed Budgets in decades".

The Shadow Chancellor added that the Budget was not just "bad politics but bad economics" but also a "missed opportunity".

His remarks come as Danny Alexander defended the Budget as one for "people who work hard, play by the rules and are under pressure".

In an interview with The Times, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury said he was "happy" with the decision to lower the top rate of tax from 50p to 45p, and added he he "absolutely no idea" how many Cabinet ministers would benefit from the change.

Mr Alexander said he was are some people "might react against" the move to freeze tax allowances for pensioners, but insisted the move was part of an overall "positive change" for the elderly in the UK.