Later Life Ambitions says that Government must do more to increase confidence in occupational pensions
Tuesday 21 February 2017
The Government has published a Green Paper on Defined Benefit Pension Schemes, entitled Security and Sustainability in Defined Benefit Pension Schemes.
The Paper outlines proposals for reform in four key areas – funding and investment, scheme affordability, member protection and consolidation.
In the Paper the Government recognises Defined Benefit (DB) schemes are an important pillar of the UK economy and our pensions system, and says that it is bringing forward these proposals to help DB schemes deliver better outcomes for current and future pensioners. In recent years following the financial crash of 2008, the increased cost of scheme liabilities and the resulting increase in scheme funding deficits has led to some commentators to conclude that there is a fundamental problem with the way that DB schemes are funded and regulated – particularly with high profile cases such as BHS and British Steel in 2016.
To view the full response use this link: LLA RESPONSE
Later Life Ambitions welcomes Parliamentary inquiry on housing for older people
New data highlights the barriers to downsizing
The cost of moving home and a lack of suitable properties are preventing older people from downsizing, according to the experience of over 1,500 Later Life Ambitions members.
See more here: Later Life Ambitions
Later Life Ambitions responds to the latest ILC report, Flexible and affordable methods of paying for long term care insurance
A recent report from the International Longevity Centre’s (ILC-UK) – a think tank that specialises in longevity and demographic change – explores different methods of funding long term care insurance. Later Life Ambitions welcomes this focus on exploring innovative options for funding long term care, as we have been calling for a sustainable model of social care funding.
See full response by using the link below:
Please use the link below to view the response from AGE UK:
NARPO are a founder member of the Public Service Pensioners' Council which represents the interests of retired public servants.
The PSPC brings together the various organisations for retired public servants and the retired members’ sections of public sector unions, providing a united voice on issues of concern to government and the public.
We campaign alongside other organisations, including the National Pensioners' Convention and the TUC, to protect the interests of pensioners and protect public service pensions. To view the latest campaign bulleting use the below link.
Thank you to all the Later Life Ambitions members who took part in our Autumn Statement Survey, please see the survey results here. The survey revealed that the main issue for pensioners over the next 5 to 10 years was health and social care, we have therefore based the December survey on the quality and provision of health and social care and the concerns that pensioners have.
We want to use your ideas and opinions to form the basis of our health and social care campaign for 2017 and share this information with MPs, Peers and the Government.
The survey should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete, and can be filled out online here
The survey will remain open until Tuesday 13 December, and we’d be very grateful for your participation.
Later Life Ambitions has written to David Davis MP, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, to call for older people to be protected during the Brexit negotiations.
In our letter we set out a number of vital issues of concern older people including the protection of universal benefits, the rights of pensioners living and holidaying in the EU, as well as the future of social housing projects that rely on funding from the European Investment Bank.
These issues are rooted in the experience and real life concerns of our members. They demonstrate that there are a number of important issues facing pensioners that Government ministers and Parliamentarians must commit to protecting.
Later Life ambitions brings together the collective voices of over a quarter of a million pensioners through the National Association of Retired Police Officers, the Civil Service Pensioners' Alliance and the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners
View the latest News and campaigns including the statement on the triple lock via the website at: LATER LIFE AMBITIONS WEBSITE
WE NEED YOUR VIEWS ON THE GOVERNMENT’S AUTUMN STATEMENT
The Autumn Statement is a key moment in the Parliamentary calendar as the Chancellor takes centre stage to update MPs on the government's taxation and spending plans, based on the economic projections provided by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) - a body set up in 2010 to provide independent economic forecasts.
This year’s Autumn Statement will be the most important in years. It is the first set-piece event for new Chancellor Philip Hammond MP, and will be a key opportunity for the new Government to outline it’s economic plans and priorities for the coming years.
We are already hearing some rumours emerging in the newspapers, and MPs are beginning to press their views upon the Chancellor.
Later Life Ambitions wants to know what our members want to see in the Autumn Statement:
We want to use your ideas and opinions to form the basis of the Later Life Ambitions response to the Autumn Statement and share this information with MPs, Peers and the Government.
The survey will remain open until Wednesday 16 November, and we’d be very grateful for your participation. PLEASE USE THE LINK BELOW TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY WHICH SHOULD TAKE NO LONGER THAN 5 MINUTES.
AGEUK Attendance Allowance campaign: sign our open letter
Plans to pass responsibility for Attendance Allowance to local councils will put this vital benefit for older people under threat. Please support our campaign by signing our open letter to the Government. Use the below link for further information.
LINK TO LETTER or SEND your own letter to your MP using the template letter below:
TO VIEW THE SEPTEMBER BULLETIN FROM THE NATIONAL PENSIONERS' CONVENTION [NPC] USE THE LINK BELOW
ADULT SOCIAL CARE ENQUIRY
MP’s are holding an inquiry into the quality of adult social care. We would like to hear about NARPO members personal experiences (good or bad) about assessing or paying for social care, and the quality of care you receive so that we can share this with the MPs.
QUESTIONNAIRE TO INVOLVE OLDER PEOPLE ON “ACTIVE” TOURISM
AGE is collaborating as a partner to the EUROSEN – Europe for Seniors project on tourism.
EUROSEN pursues an economic objective (the strengthening of the European tourism industry with a specific focus on the micro, small and medium enterprises) and a social goal: fostering the active life of the senior citizens, by involving them in the touristic initiatives both as travelers and as hosts of the visiting guests.
The project is based on a cooperative approach on a public-private partnership, involving institutions at local, regional and national levels, the tourism-related business sector with a focus on micro and small / medium enterprises (SMEs), Senior Associations, groups of interest and no-profit organisations (e.g. cultural associations), as well as the whole local community all together establishing an ad hoc entity called Cluster of Local Culture(CLC).
To inform this project please complete the attached questionnaire to gather your views on touristic packages addressed to people aged 55+ and willing to become “active” tourists.
The questionnaires can be accessed online by following this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1veGX4N47FjnIkoJ1N5UEYYehGftQLsvP6ZMUbeV_Wxc/viewform?c=0&w=1
At 1100 on Sunday the 21st August 2016 The Cyprus Memorial Trust together with the Police Roll Of Honour Trust are to hold the official unveiling ceremony of a unique memorial.
'The Cyprus Rock Memorial' is to be placed in the National Memorial Arboretum. Staffordshire.
The memorial will commemorate the sacrifice of British Armed Services and British Police personnel who lost their lives during the State of Emergency in Cyprus during the 1950s.
The Cyprus Rock, which has been shipped to the U.K from Cyprus by the RAF will have a time capsule containing a Roll of Honour placed into its base.
In what is to be a totally unique honour the Roll will include the names of both the servicemen and the British police officers who lost their lives in the conflict.
In another unique 'first' the cap badge of the UK Police Unit (Cyprus) (UKPU) will be engraved into the base of the memorial alongside all the regimental and corps cap badges of the fallen.
Any relatives of the officers or indeed any veterans together with Police Constabularies who lost members of their establishment or who had officers serving with UKPU are invited to attend or send a representative to attend the service.
Anyone wishing to lay a floral tribute to all the Fallen is most welcome to do so.
Force Parade Standards are particularly welcome.
History of NARPO - call for more information
‘Serving those who have served’ a century of service
Angela Buckley has been commissioned to research the history of NARPO, in preparation for its centenary in 2019. She would like to engage the help of all members to make this project a true celebration of NARPO’s achievements over the last century. Please get in touch if you have any information about the history of NARPO and/or of your region and branch, including:
• Campaigns and lobbying
• Personal experiences and stories of individual NARPO members
• Responses to national events and changes in policing
• Social events and celebrations
• Specific achievements of NARPO in improving the welfare of retired police
If you have copies of any documents relating to NARPO history, memorabilia, artefacts and photos, please send them to Angela who is really looking forward to working and sharing NARPO’s fascinating history with you. Thank you.
Angela Buckley writes about Victorian crime and is the author of popular police biography, The Real Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Story of Jerome Caminada (Pen & Sword Books)
LATER LIFE AMBITIONS
Later Life Ambitions brings together the collective voices of over a quarter of a million pensioners through the National Association of Retired Police Officers [NARPO], The National Federation of Occupational Pensioners [NFOP]and the Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance [CSPA].
The campaign seeks to make a difference to older peoples lives by campaigning for change.
The campaign will focus on:
• Three key ‘proactive’ issues
o Social care: top line: LLA seeks a cross-party solution that guarantees funding for proper social care for older people and takes social care out of electoral cycle
o Pensions: top line: LLA seeks a clear, accessible, single state pension system for all
o Housing: top line: LLA seeks a renewed focus on housing for older people and a national strategy on encouraging specialist later life housing
• ‘Reactive’ issues
o Transport: decent bus services important for older people and this should be debated as part of the Buses Bill, also issue of using the bus pass a senior railcard
o Online fraud: Connect to monitor Home Office task force and respond where appropriate
Campaign Update from the National Pensioners Convention.
The NPC have issued their latest campaign bulletin including items on the new state pension and the BBC's position on free TV licences. Use the link below to view.
Don't get scammed - Use The Little Book of Big Scams
For some great information on scams and avoiding them have a look at this link on the Metropolitan Police website:
Join Age UK’s campaign to tackle loneliness
More than a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.
Contrary to what many people think, loneliness is not a normal part of ageing. It not only makes life miserable, but also it can have a serious impact on your physical and mental health too. Unless we act, our rapidly ageing population means we’ll see ever greater numbers of lonely older people and, because loneliness undermines resilience, this means more pressure on our already stretched NHS and social care services.
Please support the campaign to draw attention to this big issue for older people, to mobilise people to help prevent and alleviate it, and to encourage the Government to take action. You can sign Age UK’s petition at www.ageuk.org.uk/loneliness or by writing to Age UK’s campaigns team to register your support: Freepost RTEH-ALYL-JJZU, Age UK Campaigns Team, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9NA.
Recent Court of Appeal decision on overtime and recall to duty
A recent court decision has come to NARPO's attention that may be applicable to some retired officers. The decision arises from claims brought by three ex-police officers against the Chief Constable of Devon & Cornwall for failure to pay a statutory debt in respect of overtime payments they were due under the 2003 Regulations.
It is important to note that this applies only to Constables and Sergeants and to duty prior to the 1st April 2012, when the minimum 4 hour provision in the Regulations in relation to ‘recalls to duty’ was changed, following the Winsor recommendations. The impact of this decision will therefore be limited. However, anyone so affected can claim back over a six year period for overtime due, so there may still be some who are affected by this decision. To view further information in relation to this, please use this link: RECALL TO DUTY
Asbestos investigation and health advice from The Met
The Met is currently investigating a number of sites where firearms officers may have been inadvertently exposed to asbestos while training. As part of this investigation, we are asking all officers and related roles who trained between 1980 and 2007 to complete a self-notification questionnaire. Health advice and information is available here:
22000 retired Met officers will receive letters from Equiniti about this issue, over the next 3 months, and there will be a “phased national release of information via each force area.”
There is a helpline 08456 016977 (Mon-Fri 9-5) staffed by a trained nurse should people have worries or concerns. Where appropriate, they may refer individuals for a face-to-face nurse appointment at the Royal Brompton Hospital.
The IPCC have issued a new update in relation to the ongoing investigation. To read the post click on the link below:
IPCC respond to NARPO members' questions regarding the Hillsborough enquiry
NARPO members submitted their questions to the IPCC in relation to the Hillsborough enquiry and the IPCC have now made their response which can be found here: IPCC Q and A
If former officers have information that they feel will help the investigation contact:
The IPCC is engaged in investigations into the events surrounding the Hillsborough Disaster. The below link provides updated information into the progress of the enquiries with links to other relevant sites containing further important details.
Hillsborough Inquests Websites
Former members of other forces who need advice should consider contacting the Federation Office of their former force.
or ring the dedicated Hillsborough phone line: 0300 200 0003 and it will be answered by one of the specialist Hillsborough team.