Monday, March 5

Women in Retirement one-day conference

NUJ nationally is supporting this conference

[ Poor, lonely and cold: life in Britain for the over-60s: The future for many of the country's older people is bleak, according to the Age UK report Agenda for Later Life, to be published this week. Sixteen per cent, or 1.8 million, of people over state pension age are living in poverty; 3.3 million are unable to *warm their homes (an increase of more than half a million in the past two years); and 800,000 are not receiving the care they need. Read more here . .]

The National Pensioners Convention (NPC) Women’s Working Party is staging a “Women in Retirement” conference aimed at working age women as well as older women; to look at issues of pensions, the ageing society and social care.

Saturday 24 March 2012
11:00 am - 3:30pm
Unison Centre
24 Livery Street,

Tickets £5: To book please Email NPC office / Email:

Please note if you wish to attend NUJ branch will pay cost of admission and reasonable travel costs to confirm contact:

*Winter Fuel Payment – winter 2011/2012 and winter 2012/2013
If you have never received a Winter Fuel Payment before and born on or before:

5th January 1951 you can still claim for winter 2011/2012 but you must download form and return to Department of Works and Pensions before 30/03/2012
Download 'Winter Fuel Payment claim form' (PDF, 215K)

For winter 2012/2013 you will qualify if born on or before July 1951
Full information here . . . .

End the Care Crisis - Lobby of Parliament
Tuesday 6th march 2012
We are entering a key time for our social care system. Our social care system is broken. It cannot cope with a rapidly ageing population and positive impact of people living longer with illness and disability.

Those who use our social care system can no longer tolerate a social care system which leaves many with no support and others with poor quality services. The public are angry that they can face huge care charges and end up losing all their savings or being forced to sell their home.

We know that the Government is due to announce their plans to reform social care in April 2012. It is really important that we make sure MPs and ministers act now to reform our social care system ensuring a fair and sustainable care system which delivers dignity, independence and peace of mind for older and disabled people and their families. Failure to act will lead to more of the cuts, neglect and abuse in social care, at great cost to our economy, public services and society.

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