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Lobbying

Pettion Reaches 100,000

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In a sudden surge the e-petition demanding revision of CPI back to RPI has surpassed the 100,000 signatures needed to be eligible for debate in the Commons.

Suggest we all write to our MPs demanding their support for a debate and reinstatement of RPI.

The Petition is below, at time of writing the number signed stands at 101,470.

Merry Christmas,
Tony

July 2011 - Follow up to BT's AGM

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Correspondence immediately following BT's AGM on 13 July 2011

Tony Cox to Michael Prescott (Group Director of Corporate Affairs, BT Group) and Patricia Hewitt (Senior Independent Director, Chair the Remuneration Committee and Chair the Pension Scheme Performance Review Group, BT)

14 July 2011

It was good to have the opportunity to meet you yesterday at the BT AGM.

We discussed the context of the question I asked, which referred to the consultation document issued by BT in 2008 (attached). This document proposed changes that were intended to provide,”long term sustainability”, “flexibility” and “fairness” (page 2 of the document). The changes included a move to a career average scheme and increases to direct contributions from employees. It stated, on page 24, that, “ Section B pensions are guaranteed to increase each year in line with RPI”. The changes were therefore presented as part of a package for which BT sought and was given the support of its employees. But, crucially this package included the guarantee of RPI. Having broken this part of the package it is difficult to see why employees should now be held to the other components of the agreement – the change from a final salary scheme and the increased contributions.

Message from Paul Noon

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Dust Off Your Boots on Saturday 26 March and

Support the TUC March for the Alternative

Further to my circular of 20 January 2011 I am writing to remind members and branches of the arrangements for the TUC march and rally on 26 March 2011. This event is being held under the banner of ‘March for the Alternative – Jobs, Growth, Justice’ and is fully supported by Prospect.

1 March Lobbying Report

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1 March Lobbying Report

Tony Cox, Alan Thompson, Martin Chew and Roy Foord attended the meeting and rally at Parliament on 1st March, Robin Gape and at least three other ex BT people were there.

There were at least 200 people present, about 100 squeezed into a committee room and the same amount in the corridor outside, the speakers included a number of MPs, two from DUP, one form Plaid Cymru, one from SNP, two labour MPs and, although they did not speak, there were two Conservative MPs present for some of the meeting. There were also speakers from the NUT, TUC and a number of pensioner organisations including the police and military.

There was not a lot new that came out; it was more a matter of preaching to the converted, “we are all pulling together”, “its important to keep contacting your MP”, “keep the pressure up”, "there is no mandate for the change from RPI to CPI", “spread the message”, “many people are not aware of the consequence”, “join the TUC march” etc.

Both Tony and Roy tried to lobby their MPs but were not successful as the MPs were attending to other business.

Pensioners protest over inflation switch

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Pensioners protest over inflation switch

By Dan Hyde
1 March 2011

Angry pensioners today staged an impassioned protest inside Parliament against cuts to the rate their payouts rise in retirement.

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Some 200 pensioners from across Britain told politicians they are deeply unhappy with the proposal to link pension increases to the slower-rising consumer prices index (CPI).

How to Lobby - guidance

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From the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners newsletter

Guidance on ‘How to Lobby’ and ‘Key Arguments’ on why we are lobbying to give you some key points to make in your discussion and draft letters to your MP can be downloaded by clicking below:

9 March Select Committee

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Question:

Is it possible for members of the public to attend select committees to observe. If possible I would like to attend the works and pensions select committe on 9 March to hear Steve Webb. Assuming this is possible what do I need to do? - thanks in anticipation

Response:

Members of the public are welcome to attend select committee meetings.  It is not possible to pre-book.  Access is granted on a first come, first serve basis.  You simply need to arrive at Parliament and explain that you wish to watch a committee.  We suggest you arrive around 30 minutes before the meeting is to begin to allow time to pass security.

The location of this meeting has not been announced yet. On Thursday (3rd March) this information should be made available on the parliamentary calendar:

http://services.parliament.uk/calendar/

More information on watching committees is available on the Parliament website:

http://www.parliament.uk/visiting/attend/committees/

Pensioners Lobby of Parilamant

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The following is the substance of an email exchange between a member and the General Secretary of the Civil Service Pensioners Alliance

With regard to your enquiry about the next phase of the campaign against the RPI/CPI switch, a Pensioners’ Rally and Lobby of Parliament is being organised for 1 March 2011 by the Public Service Pensioners Council (PSPC), the National Pensioners’ Convention (NPC), the Civil Service Pensioners’ Alliance (CSPA) & the Occupational Pensioners’ Alliance (OPA) and supported by Age UK.  The Lobby is the next stage of the campaign, following up on the successful Conference on 23 November 2011, to oppose the Government’s decision to change the inflation link for the Second State, Public Sector and Private Sector Occupational Pensions to the CPI, which will lead to significant reductions in income for all in retirement.