Financially disadvantaged groups

The cashless economy The closure of banks, and loss of ATMs, especially in rural areas, pass un-noticed for many people, but in rural communities, the lack of access to cash is causing problems.  Businesses are being forced to accept card payments, in order to keep...

An ageing population

The office for National Statistics has recently published a report entitled ‘Living longer – how our population is changing and why it matters’. The report’s introduction states: “Statistics and projections produced by Office for National...

Relaxed shopping for older people

Sainsbury’s has begun a trial of a relaxed shopping lane for older shoppers, or those who find the bustle of a regular lane to be too much for them. There are signs at the entrance of the lane saying that it’s a ‘relaxed lane, open 1-am-6pm’ in the Sainsbury’s...