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PUBLIC SERVICE PENSIONERS' COUNCIL ELECTION CAMPAIGN AND REVISED MANIFESTO

The Council would very much appreciate the help of constituent organisations in contacting as many candidates as possible, whilst they are campaigning for votes. We want whoever is elected to be in no doubt about what we require of the next Government.
You will find a template letter for use by members to write or email local parliamentary candidates. These documents can also be downloaded from the PSPC website at the following link: http://publicservicepensioners.org.uk/
Our template letter outlines our campaign and poses questions to candidates on the following issues:
1. The Triple Lock, a good level of state pension, and a fair method of indexation for public sector pensions
2. Universal Pensioner Benefits
3. Pensions for Life for those widow(ers) who remarry or cohabit
4. Uprating of state pensions in the EU post Brexit
Any member who does not know who is standing for election in their constituency can access https://whocanivotefor.co.uk/. This site gives details and contact information of local candidates when a postcode is entered. (Please note that this site is being updated as candidates are announced).
It is important that we get our campaign message out to as many prospective parliamentary candidates as possible.
Please encourage our members, in the short time available, to ask the questions PSPC have posed, by letter, email and/or in person.
We would be interested to see copies of any responses received, please email them to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

LATER LIFE AMBITIONS ELECTION CAMPAIGN TOOLKIT

Make sure your local parliamentary candidates commit to support older people if they are elected on 8 June

As you know, NARPO is part of Later Life Ambitions, a group that campaigns on issues to ensure that older people can lead an ambitious later life.

A general election is an important time for us to raise issues and make requests on politicians for policies that we feel can make a huge, positive difference to the lives of millions of older people.

This is why, ahead of the general election on 8 June 2017, we are asking members to write to their local parliamentary candidates to ask them to make commitments to support the following issues:

• Urgently establish a cross-party solution to the long term funding of social care

• Maintain the pensions triple-lock

• Maintain universal pensioner benefits

• Stand up for pensioners during the Brexit process

To secure the policy commitments we are seeking, we need MPs to advocate and campaign on these issues in the new parliament – and the ideal opportunity to do that is now whilst they are campaigning to secure your vote.

This is why Later Life Ambitions has created a toolkit to help you write to your local candidates to put forward our policy proposals and ask them to commit to representing your views in Parliament should they be elected.

You can find and download the toolkit on www.laterlifeambitions.co.uk where there is also additional information about how you find our who your local candidates are, and how you can raise older people’s issues with them.

We hope you will support Later Life Ambitions in building support for older people during this general election, and into the next parliament.

 

 

LATER LIFE AMBITIONS RESPOND TO HOUSING WHITE PAPER

By 2030, there will be almost 13 million people in later life aged 65 or over. The number of people aged 85 and over is expected to more than double between 2014 and 2033, from 1.5 million to 3.5 million, and those aged 65 and over are expected to increase by more than 50%, from 11.4 million to 17.2 million. The Department for Communities and Local Government’s projections state that 74% of all household growth to 2039 will be by those in later life. This will have enormous social and economic consequences for the UK, and housing policy must help to ensure a positive, ambitious future for older people.

Later Life Ambitions welcomes the government’s Housing White Paper, Fixing our broken housing market. We would like to see a change in the way politicians and the public view housing, and for it to be seen in terms of how we best support older people’s ambitions for later life and their contributions to society. See the full response HERE

 

LATER LIFE AMBITIONS POLICY POSITIONS 

With a General Election now being set for June this year, Later Life Ambitions have taken the opportunity to update our policy positions - we will be using this document in discussions with Parliamentarians to influence the debate and ensure that our voices are heard and older peoples views are taken notice of in the pre-election debates. To view the Policy Positions document use this link : LATER LIFE AMBITIONS POLICY POSITIONS

 

Later Life Ambitions says the practice of charging care home fees on the death of a resident is “callous and cruel”

Wednesday 19 April 2017

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) says it has received complaints from families who have been charged by care homes for empty rooms after the death of resident relatives.

See full response here

WE NEED YOUR VIEWS ON LATER LIFE EMPLOYMENT

Thursday 13 April 2017

The Women and Equalities Select Committee has launched a new inquiry into older people and employment, looking at current Government policies to help people extend their working lives, and considering further steps which could be taken to tackle issues including age discrimination.

Later Life Ambitions will be providing evidence for this and we would like to hear your experiences of employment later in life. We have created a short survey where members can tell us their viewsWe want to use your ideas and opinions to form the basis of the Later Life Ambitions response to the inquiry 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 here. The survey will remain open until Friday 28 April and we’d be very grateful for your participation.

 

NATIONAL POLICE MEMORIAL DAY - SUNDAY 24th SEPTEMBER

This years National Police Memorial Day will be held at St Davids Hall, Cardiff on Sunday 24th September. For those wishing to attend the registration process is now open, please register your attendance by using the link below:

REGISTRATION

 

WIDOWS PENSION FOR LIFE EDM 1063 - WRITE TO YOUR MP

We urge you to write to your MP to ask them to support EDM 1063 laid by Tim Farron MP which calls for parity for police widows/widowers within the United Kingdom, should they choose to remarry or cohabitat following the death of their husband/wife. 

Please write to your MP as soon as possible using the template below:

LETTER TO MP 

You can view the EDM at: Early Day Motion 1063 and you can find your MP at: Find your MP

Further information is contained in the leaflet at: Pension for life

 

NPC CAMPAIGN BULLETIN

The National Pensioners Convention have issued their March bulletin focussing on the cuts to care, state pension triple lock and the Bedroom Tax. To view the bulletin use the link below:

CAMPAIGN MARCH

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:

LATER LIFE AMBITIONS

  AGE UK PRODUCE SUMMARY OF THEIR RESPONSE TO THE ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE CONSULTATION. 

Please use the link below to view the response from AGE UK: 

AGE UK RESPONSE

 

 Latest Campaign Bulletin from PSPC

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.

 

CAMPAIGN

LETTER FROM DAMIAN GREEN MP

 

Later Life Ambitions December Survey

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.

NPC AUTUMN STATEMENT BRIEFING

The National Pensioners Convention have issued a briefing paper in response to The Chancellor's Autumn Statement. To view the briefing use the link below:

NPC BRIEFING

Brexit talks must protect pensioners

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.

See more at: http://connectpa.co.uk/brexit-talks-must-protect-pensioners/ 

LATER LIFE AMBITIONS STATEMENT ON WHY WE SHOULD RETAIN THE TRIPLE LOCK

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:

  • Do you believe universal benefits should be protected for all pensioners after Britain has exited the European Union?
  • Do you agree that better off pensioners should not be entitled to winter fuel payments, TV licences and bus passes?
  • Which universal benefit do you value the most?

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.

 

LATER LIFE AMBITIONS SURVEY

 

 

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:

LETTER TO MP

 

TO VIEW THE SEPTEMBER BULLETIN FROM THE NATIONAL PENSIONERS' CONVENTION [NPC] USE THE LINK BELOW

September Campaign Bulletin 

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.
If you’d like to take part please tell us about your experience via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to visit the enquiry page use this link: http://www.parliament.uk/…/parliam…/adult-social-care-16-17/

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

THE CYPRUS ROCK MEMORIAL

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
   officers
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.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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)
www.angelabuckleywriter.com

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

As part of the campaign there is a dedicated website at: http://connectpa.co.uk/later-life-ambitions/ and a dedicated twitter feed at: https://twitter.com/laterlives

 

 

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.

NPC CAMPAIGN UPDATE

 

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:

LITTLE BOOK OF BIG SCAMS

 

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:

http://content.met.police.uk/Site/asbestosinvestigation/

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.  

 

IPCC Hillsborough monthly update - January 2017

The IPCC have issued a new update in relation to the ongoing investigation. To read the post click on the link below:

IPCC UPDATE 

 

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:
IPCC Hillsborough Investigation email:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0300 200 0003

Operation Resolve – Michelle Snowden email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 0161 856 8077

 

Hillsborough Disaster
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.

http://www.southyorks.police.uk/help-and-advice/hillsborough-disaster 

Hillsborough Inquests Websites
The Police Federation has agreed to support those of its former members who were involved at Hillsborough and who may be caught up in the enquiry. Access to that advice can be obtained, for former South Yorkshire officers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Former members of other forces who need advice should consider contacting the Federation Office of their former force.

If you have a question / information which you think is relevant – you can bring it to the attention of the IPCC by using this email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring the dedicated Hillsborough phone line: 0300 200 0003 and it will be answered by one of the specialist Hillsborough team.

IPCC HILLSBOROUGH INVESTIGATION WEBSITE

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