The decline in the number of Brits booking flights abroad continued between June and August, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed.There was a three percent seasonally adjusted fall compared to the previous three months, while the non-seasonally adjusted figures for the 12 months to August were down by 13 per cent compared to a year earlier.”During June to August 2009, the seasonally adjusted number of visits abroad by UK residents decreased by three percent to 14.6 million, while the associated spending decreased by four percent to £7.5 billion,” an ONS statement said.There was some good news however, after it was revealed that visits to the UK by overseas travellers increased by three percent during the summer compared to the previous three months.Despite this, passenger numbers were still ten percent lower for the 12 months to August compared with a year earlier.The ONS announced in July that the seasonally adjusted number of visits to the UK increased by three percent between March and May this year.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFlights abroad still popular despite the recession, figures suggestBrits appear to be booking flights abroad despite the ongoing economic turmoil, it has been revealed.’Staycations’ hand boost to domestic flights’Staycations’ hand boost to domestic flightsMore young adults taking flights abroad with their parentsMore young adults taking flights abroad with their parents
Obama Opposes Raising Medicare’s Eligibility Age To Reduce Spending This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. According to White House spokesman Jay Carney, the president does not believe this is the right policy to take, although he is open to discussing other entitlement program changes. The Associated Press/Washington Post: White House: Obama Opposes Higher Age For Medicare In Any Budget TalksThe White House says President Barack Obama opposes raising the eligibility age for Medicare, an idea he once was willing to consider in budget negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner. White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday said Obama “has made clear that we don’t believe that that’s the right policy to take” (2/11).Reuters: Obama Rules Out Raising Medicare Eligibility Age To Cut SpendingRepublicans in Congress, who have focused on cutting spending, have said they want to see the eligibility age raised to 67 from the current age of 65, but many Democrats have opposed the idea vehemently (Rampton, 2/11).Fox News: White House Says ‘No’ To Raising Medicare Eligibility AgeThe White House said definitively Monday it will not agree to increasing the eligibility age for Medicare as part of a deficit-reduction deal with congressional Republicans. Press Secretary Jay Carney suggested President Obama is willing to consider cuts to the entitlement program to reduce the deficit but said “no” to the White House increasing the minimum age. … He said the president made clear last year in proposals — from which House Speaker John Boehner “walked away” — that he was open to entitlement reform options but not to changing the Medicare age (2/11). Meanwhile, on the topic of the scheduled budget cuts, or sequestration, and who might feel a particular pinch — California Healthline: Sequestration Would Hurt Rural Health Providers, Study ShowsRural health care providers heard bleak predictions about the potential effects of sequestration at the National Rural Health Association’s 24th annual Rural Health Policy Institute last week. If Medicare reimbursement is reduced by 2 percent as specified in the sequestration process due to start in three weeks, 63 rural hospitals will no longer be profitable and 482 rural health care jobs will be lost nationally, according to estimates by iVantage Health Analytics. California’s rural hospitals won’t be as hard-hit as those in the Midwest and South, according to the research, but all health care providers who treat Medicare beneficiaries will feel the pinch at some level, said Gregory Wolf of iVantage (Lauer, 2/11).And, in the background — The New York Times: Slower Growth Of Health Costs Eases U.S. DeficitA sharp and surprisingly persistent slowdown in the growth of health care costs is helping to narrow the federal deficit, leaving budget experts trying to figure out whether the trend will last and how much the slower growth could help alleviate the country’s long-term fiscal problems (Lowrey, 2/11).