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PENSIONS SYSTEM 'BASICALLY SOUND'

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PENSIONS SYSTEM 'BASICALLY SOUND'

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    BROMLEY BOROUGH FORUM OF OLDER PEOPLE

    August 2003

    Bromley Forum

    PENSIONS SYSTEM ‘BASICALLY SOUND’

    That’s the conclusion of MPs on the Department for Work and Pensions select committee in a recent report. Do you believe it? Pensions in the UK are among the worst in Europe. An estimated up to ?1.86 billion in benefits remains unclaimed. Meanwhile, increases in Council tax particularly hit pensioners with no improvement in services to older people.

    The basic state pension was introduced in 1908 to prevent anyone spending their retirement in poverty; now, even those relying on means tested benefits are well below the official poverty line of ?260 a week.

    The new Pensions Credit will be introduced in October. This will assist pensioners with modest savings. Anyone who might be eligible should claim but the complexities of this new scheme ensure that the amount of benefit unclaimed continues to rise. The new system of payment of pensions at Post Offices has caused concern. This autumn, Bromley older people will have opportunities to express their views. Our sister organisation and affiliate the Bromley Pensioners have Dot Gibson.

    secretary of the National Pensioners Convention, London and South East to speak.

    Dot is a long time campaigner for pensioners. The meeting is at Tuesday 1.30 21 October

    at the HG Wells Centre, Bromley South.

    The next day, Bromley Forum of Older People has invited a speaker from the Pensions

    Agency to answer questions about payment of pensions and other matters. So come with some questions to the United Reform Church, Widmore Road, on

    Wednesday 22 October at 2pm. Refreshments, information etc.

    CALENDAR

    HOW SAFE ARE YOU AT HOME? Please come along to our meeting in St Marks

    Church Hall, Westmoreland Road on Friday, 12 September at 2pm to hear a member

    of Bromley Fire Service talk about safety in the home. This could be an afternoon of ‘enlightenment’ for you! There will be a raffle (all donations gratefully received) and refreshments as usual.

    SOCIAL 2PM Fridaty 10 October St Mark’s Hall, Westmoreland Road.

    PENSIONS Exploding the myths. Dot Gibson, secretary, NPC London and South East.

    Tuesday 21 October 1.30 pm HG Wells Centre, Bromley South.

    Wednesday 22 October : 2pm in the United Reform Church, Widmore Road,

    Bromley when the speaker will be from the Pensions Agency. Do come along to voice your opinions about pensions in general and particularly the Government’s new method of paying pensions. Refreshments with cakes will be available.

    BETTER GOVERNMENT FOR OLDER PEOPLE Launch in Bromley Wednesday 8

    October. Details later.

    Friday, 14 November : Please join us on this date in St Marks Hall, Westmoreland Road, at 2pm when the speaker will be Philip Groom talking about ‘Care Funding without

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    losing one’s home’, Wills and Enduring Power of Attorney. Again this should be a most informative talk. Refreshments and raffle as usual.

    For further information on any/all of the above meetings, please phone Jean Atchinson 020 8777 2763.

    Two essential meetings

    Pensions exploding the myths Joe Harris general secretary NPC

    1.30 Tuesday 21 October HG Wells Centre Bromley South

    Pensions the new payment system Pensions Agency speaker

    2pm United Reform Church Widmore Road. Questions. Refreshments

    VISIT THE TERRY AND GABY SHOW

    Would you like to see the new Channel 5 Live Daytime Show featuring Terry Wogan and Gaby Roslin? Arrangements have been made for a party of Forum members to visit the TV studios at London’ County Hall, South Bank (just a stone’s throw from the London Eye) on Wednesday 24 September. We have to be in our seats by 10.30am as the show starts at 11am. If you would like to join the Forum for this outing, please phone Jean Atchinson on 020 8777 2763 as soon as possible as places are limited.

     AGE DISCRIMINATION

    Bromley Forum supports the national campaign against all types of discrimination against older people. Bromley Council on Ageing has set up a Scrutiny Panel to monitor all age related policies and working practices. Examples of age discrimination might be some services based on age, difficult physical access to buildings or clinics or poorly served by transport or the still common statement, ‘What do you expect at your age?’

    A leaflet is available, asking people for (confidential) information; it is easy to fill in. Copies from the secretary or Age Concern.

    In the Autumn, we shall be participating in a London wide campaign on age discrimination. Watch for details.

MORE MEMBERS PLEASE

    Our membership secretary is Sybil Daley, 37 Aylesbury Road, Bromley BR2 0QP. She is hoping for new members.We really need your support to keep up the good fight. Still

    ?10 for organisations, ?2 for individuals.

    (If you or your organisation is hard up, please have a word with Sybil. Special

    arrangements available.)

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    Better Government for Older People

    Bromley Borough is joining this Government sponsored programme to improve the way services work for older people and to make sure that older people and their organisations are involved in reaching policy decisions. Three organisations decided to consult older people themselves and to get their ideas and views. The meeting, called by Bromley

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    Forum of Older People, Age Concern and the Council on Ageing was very successful with dozens of ideas and messages being put forward.

    A report of this meeting available from the Forum secretary . The programme will be launched Wednesday 8 October. Watch out for

    details._____________________________

    Stop Press Glen Kelly, Bromley UNISON, Crisis for Care Workers, 16 September 1.30, HG Wells Centre

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