Pensioners' Manifesto -
The general election gives Briatin's 11 million pensioners a
unique opportunity to influence the policies of the next
government. All candidates are being asked to support the
key proposals within the Pensioners' Manifesto - or face the
possible consequences at the ballot box. The campaign to
promote the Manifesto has already started - visit
www.pensionersmanifesto.co.uk for more information.
Every day pensions are in the news. The Pensions Commission,
the Citizen's Pension and the Pension Credit are all hitting
the headlines. The NPC continues to make the case for a
basic state pension of 105 a week to be paid to all
pensioners that is free from means-testing and linked to
earnings. The Convention's Women's Working Party will also
soon be publishing a new pamphlet on Women and Pensions.
UK pensions and Europe
- It is widely acknowledged that the UK has one of the least
generous state pensions in Europe. Details of pension
provision across the EU is contained in a briefing paper
which can be
downloaded here in PDF format..
Pension Books -
The government decided to scrap pension books without any
consultation with pensioners. The Convention has been one of
the few organisations to oppose the move and continues to
argue for a system that allows older people to collect their
pensions at the post office without any fear or anxiety. For
more information see briefing paper number 29.
Council tax -
Bills for 2005 will soon be issued. The Convention remains
opposed to council tax because it is unrelated to the
ability to pay and has failed to safeguard essential local
services on which many pensioners rely.
Other campaign issues include
long-term care, chiropody,
free nationwide travel, cuts in adult
education andmaking poverty history for older people in