Saturday, 13 July 2019

Over 36,000 of your fellow campaigners have written to Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson

Over 36,000 of your fellow campaigners have written to
 Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson to ask them to stick
by their manifesto promise. This is phenomenal! We are
planning how to hand your letters in to them both next
 week in a way that gets the most media attention possible.

Nearly 6000 of you tweeted Hunt and Johnson
within the space of 24 hours which meant they got the
 message loud and clear just how many of us are angry
about this. Together we are a real force to be reckoned with.

Our petition has reached over 600,000 signatures and
we’re continuing to get stories in the papers every week.
 We’re also trying to make sure a question is asked about
TV licences at all the Conservative leadership hustings.

Friday, 28 June 2019

GREEN MONDAYS (27/06/2019) ForthcomingGreen Mondays

GREEN MONDAYS (27/06/2019)

ForthcomingGreen Mondays:
Speakers for Green Mondays up until mid-August are as follows: 
8 July - For this Green Monday, our main speaker will be
John Ashton:

Previously, John was the UK’s Special Representative on Climate Change from 2006-12. Since ‘retirement’ from his various roles, he is now an environmental campaigner, and has recently had several OpEds published inThe Guardian.
As regular Green Monday attendees will know, we never quite know what John will be doing once he gets that mic in his hands!
John is expected to be speaking outside the gates at around

15 July - For this Green Monday, our main speaker will be Siân Berry, the recently-elected Co-Leader of The Green Party:
Siân - who is a Camden councillor and a London Assembly Member - will be the Green Party candidate in the 2020 London mayoral elections.
She will be making - another! - welcome return to PNR.
Siân is expected to be speaking outside the gates at around 12.30pm.

12 August - For this 2ND. ANNIVERSARY Green Monday, one of our main speakers will be
Lindsey German:
In 2001, Lindsey was a founder-member of the antiwar organisation Stop The War Coalition (StWC) and, from 2004-7, was also a leading member of Respect.  Currently, she remains the Convenor of StWC, and works closely with Kate Hudson, who will be our Green Monday speaker on 10 June.  Lindsey has also written several books - including two on women’s rights.
Lindsey is expected to be speaking outside the gates at around


All the best
Allan Todd

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Join Demos on Monday 1st July for the launch of our major new report exploring how we can better protect at risk adults from fraud and financial abuse.

Join Demos on Monday 1st July for the launch of our major new report exploring how we can better protect at risk adults from fraud and financial abuse.
The research, supported by Cifas, includes new insights on how financial firms, regulators, government and civil society can work to find new ways to protect vulnerable consumers. As cyber criminals and fraudsters find increasingly sophisticated methods of targeting vulnerable consumers, it is vital that efforts to protect those consumers keep pace.
Each of the panelists will have a chance to respond to the report before opening to discussion. This will be followed by an audience Q&A and a drinks reception.
Panellists include:
  • The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, Secretary of State for Security and Economic Crime
  • Mike Haley, Chief Executive of Cifas
  • Polly Mackenzie, Chief Executive of Demos (Chair)
  • Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway
Date: Monday 1st July
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm (doors open at 6:15)
Venue: Convocation Hall,
Church House Westminster,
Great Smith Street, SW1P 3NZ

Register for a place here.
For press enquiries, contact

Saturday, 22 June 2019

National Pensioners' Convention TV license demo

Anne Garrett and Peter Murry at the National Pensioners' Convention TV license demo 21 July 2019

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Friday, 14 June 2019

Greens support National Pensioners Convention protest against introduction of over-75s TV licence

13 June 2019
Green Party members will be at the BBC in Salford today, supporting a protest from the National Pensioners’ Convention against the abolition of the free TV licence for the over-75s.
Astrid Johnson, Manchester Green Party member and candidate in the European elections, said: “That our most senior citizens should face the worry and concern, and potential loss of an essential bulwark against loneliness, a crucial entertainment in many people’s lives, cannot be accepted.
“But the blame needs to be laid where it is due: at the government that pushed responsibility for funding the fee on to the BBC, when it had previously been accepted as a government responsibility.
 “A further concern is that while the BBC has attempted to help some of the poorest older pensioners through sparing those in receipt of the pension credit, this is a blunt instrument that will miss many who need it most.
“Estimates are that 1.3 million pensioners who are eligible to get pension credit don’t get it, and so will also miss out on a free TV licence.
“This is a demonstration of the dangers of means-testing, to which the Green Party is opposed. We want universal benefits – like the TV licence for over 75s.”
Astrid continues: “More fundamentally, however, we are opposed to the structure of the licence, which operates as a poll tax, the poorest citizens in our society paying the same charge for it as billionaires.
“We very much believe in publicly funded public service broadcasting, but it should be funded from a ringfenced portion of progressive taxation.” 
Michael Welton, Green Party councillor in Altrincham, Trafford, said:  “The BBC is the fall guy for the Government’s cowardly buck passing of this unpopular decision.
“Means testing will exclude the 1.3 million people who are are due pension credit but don’t claim it, many of whom are vulnerable or unwell.
“The Green Party’s policy of funding the BBC via progressive taxation is the only just solution.”

Monday, 20 May 2019

Minutes Green Seniors’ meeting: Friday 17 May 2019

Minutes Green Seniors’ meeting: Friday 17 May 2019 6pm meeting at the Green Room 7 Grand Arcade Tally Ho Corner North Finchley 

Present: P.Murry, N.Lynch, M. Childs, Erwin Schaefer

1.  Minutes Green Seniors’ meeting:  Friday 15 March 2019; Matters Arising
a)    Problems with proposed use of older people as carers eg: wage rates, support with problems.
b)    Meeting of the Trade Union Clean Air Network (TUCAN), Thursday, June 20th, 2019 .30pm – 4.00pm, UCU, Carlow St, London NW1 7LH Let us know if you can attend by registering with Janet Newsham on
c) Local GP contacts for London possible, still need to find out other regions.

Green Seniors membership list Noel to report.

3 Green Seniors social media, blog, website and email list active. Noel and Maureen invited to have posting rights on Green Seniors’ blog, also Erwin Schaefer. GS Facebook and Twitter accounts seem to have vanished probably due to lack of attention.

4.   GPEW Conference: review and spring 2019:
a)    Green Seniors’ meeting: currently scheduled for 15.15-16.30 Sunday 9 June, Jay Ginn to speak on pensioners, needs publicising with hand bills at the conference:
b)    Libraries fringe Saturday 8 June 10.30-11.45 (Libraries are vital for the common good. How do we campaign against closures, cut-backs & replacement by volunteer libraries?)
c) Has SOC ruled the Holistic review out of order ? SOC report 14.00-15.30 Friday 7 June
5   London Federation not meeting on 20/5/2019 due to euro election. Dissatisfaction expressed with running of London Federation. Distribution of materials for euro election nhad been sometimes shambolic.

6 Green Seniors activities
a)    LOPSIG (?) now defunct ,activities taken over by with Positive Ageing In London.
b)    TfL meeting re truncating bus routes, not good enough to encourage seniors and disabled people to use trains.
c) TV licenses , BBC to pay for licences for those aged 75+?
d) ‘Toyboy Tax’ pensioners disqualified from benefits if they have a working Partner. Maureen attended meeting in Amber Rudd’s constituency.
e)    Amazon demo of voice activated IT devices, Barbican 13/6/2019.

7. Brexit and Seniors: objections to stereotype that all older people are pro-Brexit and unconcerned about the environment.

a)    Leaflets re making a ‘Green will’ available from Noel Lynch who is also seeking a solicitor who will assist with this pro bono.
b)    contacts with GP disabled people’s group difficult, would there be problems with joint meeting ?
c)    contact with GP health group re NHS issues.

9 Date of Next meeting Friday 9 August 2019