Sunday, 17 March 2019

Minutes Green Seniors’ meeting: Friday 15 March 2019

Minutes Green Seniors’ meeting: Friday 15 March 2019

1.   Apologies: Erwin Schaefer

2.  Minutes Green Seniors’ meeting:  Friday 18 January 2019 agreed for accuracy

3. Matters Arising

a) National Pensioners’ Convention London meeting 31/1/2019 Maureen attended, a very good meeting which included planning for a campaign to defend free tv licenses or people aged 75+, the government is currently proposing to get the BBC to pay. See NPC Campaign Bulletin March 2019 @

b) Green Seniors site now listed on GP home page with officers’ emails, need to check.

c) Conrad Taylor of the British Computer Society speaking on Seniors and Apps, Maureen attended, a very good meeting.

d) Irish campaign to pay grandparents caring for children: Still an issue in Dáil Éirean.


e) Maureen attended King’s Fund meeting, report that

gov’t may promote use of older people as carers.

f)  Research into needs of older people in Tower Hamlets young people under the age of 18 may not be left alone to work as carers.


g) LOPSIG (?) now combined with Positive Ageing.


h) Dial-a-ride services reported as being often inadequate.


i) Greener Jobs Alliance had set up TUCAN (Trade Union Clean Air Network) for more details of TUCAN or GJA see or contact Graham Petersen <>


j) NoParasan conference: March 2nd Confronting the Rise of the Far-Right PM attended v. good event, especially the poetry.


k) Maureen to contact GPHQ to make contact with GP Disability group.


3 Green Seniors membership list: Noel to report

4. Green Seniors social media Noel and Maureen to be invited to have posting rights on Green Seniors’ blog. PM to explain how to post.
5 GPEW Conference: review and spring 2019
a) Apply for a fringe slot (deadline 8 April), suggested that ‘Digital Exclusion’ which had been previously turned down be retitled, (Lack of Accessible Provision for Digital Involvement and Training?), PM & Maureen to work on proposal.

b) Meeting and stall: PM to apply.
Deadline for motions
28 March : Pre-Agenda deadline: Final date for posting outlines of intended motions and policy papers to the Pre-Agenda forum on the members website here
11 April : First Agenda deadline: Final date for submission of final text of motions and policy papers to SOC. This can be done via a webform (to follow) or by emailing
25 April Publication of the First Agenda, and opening of the Prioritisation Ballot  
02 May Final date for posting of amendments to the members’ website.
16 May Final Agenda deadline
And the final date for submission of Late Motions to Conference 
23 May Publication of the Final Agenda (latest)

5   Holistic Review
a) Involvement of GP staff?
b) Why 5 Council seats for YG’s vs 1 each for some other GP groups?

6) London Federation next meeting 18/3/2019.

7) GLA Elections list selection has taken place


London Assembly election, 2020[3]
Siân BerryCaroline Russell, Zack Polanski, Benali Hamdache, Gulnar Hasnain, Shahrar Ali, Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, Ben Fletcher, Scott Ainslie, Hannah Graham, Peter Underwood
Nominations for the Green Party's list candidates closed in January 2019. Their final list was headed by their two current Assembly Members, Sian Berry (also the Mayoral candidate) and Caroline Russell. The other three individuals who sought the Mayoral nomination are also all Assembly candidates: Shahrar Ali (list candidate in 2016), Peter Underwood and former Liberal Democrat Zack Polanski.[4] Other candidates include Benali Hamdache (list candidate in 2016; sought to be the Green Mayoral candidate in 2016, losing to Berry).[5]
As well as being an Assembly candidate, Adoo-Kissi-Debrah has been selected as the Green candidate for the Greenwich and Lewisham constituency.[6]

6 Future Green Seniors activities
a) Lucas Conference working groups: ,20/3/2019 7pm contact
7. Brexit and Seniors drift ‘back’ to Greens from Labour???
b) anti-racist demo 16/3/19
c) anti- Brexit demo 23/3/19
d) TUC LESE Pensioners' Network meeting on Brexit                
Tuesday 26 March 2019 @ 1-3pm       
TUC Congress House - 23-28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

·         How will the exit from the EU affect the UK's older citizens?
·         How long is it reasonable to wait and under what defined circumstances should an application to re -join the European Union be made by Britain (or its component parts?  
·         Should an impartial body be set in place to monitor and judge over time, what takes place after the form of Brexit that is adopted?
 Panel (and audience discussion)  
-      Ali Torabi                    TUC Lead for Brexit
-      Chris Walsh                 Age Platform Europe (UK Section)
-      Ben Norman               Unite the union, Research Lead for Brexit
-    Independent Guest      TO BE CONFIRMED
To assist room arrangements please register by Friday 22 March 2019.
Register: / 020 7467 1220   
 e) Maureen to ask GPHQ for local party contacts with a view to setting up regional gs groups
9 Date of Next meeting 17 May 2019 6pm meeting at the Green Room 7 Grand Arcade Tally Ho Corner North Finchley 

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