LESE/SERTUC PENSIONERS SEMINAR HELD AT THE TUC CONGRESS HOUSE ON WEDNESDAY THE 3RD SEPTEMBER 2019.
This seminar was organised some time ago with the four main themes being Collective Defined Contribution (CDC) Pensions Scheme.
Report on Barriers to Belonging.
Campaign to End Loneliness.
Save the free TV license for older people.
Terry Pullinger the CWU Deputy General Secretary gave a very interesting and detailed presentation on the reasons and the need for Unions to be involved more and more with employee/employer pension schemes if our younger generations are not to be left poorer when they retire than many of trade union members of an older generation. He quoted our schemes and the success the CWU have been having taking into account the historical problem otherpension funds have experienced over the years.
The contribution on Barriers to Belonging was a co-partnership between the Red Cross and the Co-Op surveying and exploring loneliness among people from BAME backgrounds. It was a very lengthy presentation covering the research concluding in their recommendations. In order to gain a better insight to this, I would suggest the enclosed presentation paper be given to our BAME representative where I hope they would enjoy it and also make useful reading for them.
The next presentation was made by delegates from Campaign to End Loneliness, Independent Age and AGE UK. All gave insights to loneliness and how each organisation went about looking at loneliness in subjective and objective ways.
For example the AGE UK delegate said they spent time out and about speaking to older people in pubs, parks, bookmakers and asking them directly about loneliness, are they lonely, do they feel lonely. Other speakers spoke on how they see the campaign to end loneliness going forward, how the older and younger generations interact with each other on this issue.
We then turned to the on going issue with the proposed loss of the free TV licences next June to the over 75s, unless you are on pension credit benefits. It is now becoming such an important because the arguments are moving in the direction of, ‘lose this fight and we will lose the fight to defend all our hard fought for pensioner benefits’. This, should there be another general election coming soon be the benchmark for pensioners to make their voices heard.
As well as all the noted guest speakers, there was a great deal of input from the delegates on the floor, all of which the guest speakers did their best to respond to. All in all, the seminar was a great success, and the LESE/SERTUC pensioners committee should be congratulated on organising the event.