Friday, 30 October 2020

National Pensioners Convention The September / October Campaign! Bulletin

  National Pensioners Convention

 

The September / October Campaign! Bulletin

The 'triple lock'

Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed the ‘triple lock’ mechanism to safeguard and raise the state pension each year will not be scrapped

 

Amnesty calls for Covid public inquiry

As lockdown began, thousands of patients were sent from hospitals into care homes.

 

In three months 18,562 people living in Care Homes died with COVID-19. Their report 'As if Expendable' highlights the UK Government's failure to protect older people in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic

Read the full report on

https://www.npcuk.org/post/amnesty-international-care-homes-report

 

National Care Service

 

Calls grows for National Care Service as NPC webinar learns how neglected sector was devastated by Covid


Leading health and care experts told how the Covid-19 pandemic has ‘accelerated’ the multiple problems facing the UK’s ailing care system at a special NPC webinar summit for International Day of Older Persons.
 

Watch the webinar here

Order your copy of Goodbye Cinderella using the form here.

 

Petition

 

The NPC are supporting the We Own It campaign to protect the NHS from trade deals.


You can find out more and sign the petition on the link below.
https://weownit.org.uk/house-of-lords-letter

 

Find out more about the latest from the NPC on
https://www.npcuk.org/latest-news/

Tuesday, 27 October 2020



 

Fuel Poverty Action


www.fuelpovertyaction.org.uk


Fuel Poverty Action will be holding a

 

conference: "Making Green Come True"


Autumn Date To Be Confirmed


which will address the gap between what is promised and what we get.

Even insulation can make things worse if done wrong

.

Please share invite and pre-register:

fuelpovertyaction@gmail.com

Monday, 26 October 2020


From the Ground Up: Global Gathering for Climate Justice is a space to come together, strategise, and build power for systemic change.

About this Event

From the Ground Up: Global Gathering for Climate Justice is a space for our movements to come together, strategise, and build power for systemic change.

This November, COP26 was due to take place in Glasgow. To mark this moment, the COP26 Coalition is hosting From the Ground Up - a global gathering providing the space to educate, strategise and co-ordinate, to build power and connect within our global justice movements. We will discuss the need for a Global Green New Deal and work towards a global plan of action to create the change we need from the ground up.

We will be hosting discussions on:

  • False Solutions to the Climate Crisis
  • Just Transition and the Role of Trade Unions
  • How Fossil Fuels get Financed
  • Feminism and the Climate Emergency
  • Indigenous Knowledge and Strategies for Resistance
  • Struggles for Land, Forests, and Oceans

As well as workshops exploring:

  • How not to burn out as an activist
  • How to resist mega-projects in your community
  • How to frame climate justice in campaigning
  • How to take action during a global pandemic

...and many more.

This Global Gathering is an opportunity for Scottish, UK, European and international climate justice movements to build momentum and capacity, and to connect to broader civil society to build power for system change.

It aims to provide a space to come together in these times of isolation, to connect and share the diversity of struggles and experiences that make our movements so powerful.

The event is free, everyone is welcome to attend. The gathering will be spread throughout the five days to enable activists from all time zones to take part. We will provide interpretation in Spanish and French (upon request), and closed captions for key panels.

For any questions, please get in touch at cop26coalitionuk@riseup.net


Saturday, 24 October 2020

An end to concessionary travel for older and disabled Londoners?

  

An end to concessionary travel for older and disabled Londoners?

 The following motion was passed by a large majority at the   London Federation Of Green Parties AGM today.


LONDON FEDERATION EMERGENCY MOTION
London Green Party notes with alarm proposals that have been made by the government, demanding an end to concessionary travel for older and disabled Londoners, as well as children of school-age, as a condition for further subsidies for TfL operations due to the revenue shortfall caused by the pandemic. We strongly urge the Mayor of London, to resist these demands. It is vitally important that London shows a level of solidarity with those, already amongst the hardest hit by this year’s unprecedented events, who have made life-long contributions to London’s economy and many of whom now find themselves in impoverished circumstances, relying on their state pensions.
Pensioners, disabled people and older people rely on public transport to access services, to travel to health appointments, to care for grandchildren, providing a vital service to working parents, and, importantly, to offer their expertise and time by volunteering. Cutting concessionary travel passes and increasing fares overall would send an entirely wrong message to Londoners. Public transport is an essential lifeline - without access to it the health hazards associated with pollution and inactivity would increase. Free travel has been shown to have considerable health benefits for older people by encouraging them to remain physically active, with associated savings for the NHS https://www.transportforall.org.uk/news/the-health-benefits-of-bus-passes. We ask that you continue to call on central government to provide adequate funding to preserve London Transport services and fares as they are, and continue to show solidarity with some of the most vulnerable Londoners..