DIGNITY AND SECURITY IN OLDER AGE: THE STATE PENSION
Older people have been badly let down by the Tories. During this year’s General Election they failed to provide transitional protection to women born in the 1950s who have had the increase in their State Pension Age (SPa) accelerated; in addition, they failed to guarantee they would protect the State Pension ‘triple lock’ and Winter Fuel Allowance. Most recently the Government announced that they will be accelerating the increase in the SPa to 68 at the same time it was announced that increases in life expectancy had ‘ground to a halt’.
This contrasts to the Labour Party’s manifesto pledge to retain the triple lock and winter fuel allowance, as well as provide support for 1950s born women through pensions credit and further transitional protections. Labour has also rejected the accelerated increase in the SPa to 68 and are examining options for a flexible retirement age.
As part of the Labour Party’s commitment to ensure dignity and security in older age, we are launching a national conversation with communities across the country to discuss what this means in relation to the State Pension. We want to hear your views. As such I am delighted to invite you/representatives from your organisation to an event hosted by Debbie Abrahams, the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, as part of this national tour.
Date: Thursday 17th August
To attend, please sign up here http://www.eastmidslabour.org.uk/pension_event_with_debbie_abra hams
If you have any additional access needs please email firstname.lastname@example.org
You will be emailed confirmation of your place before the event.
Corby & East Northants CLP AWS Consultation - Tuesday, 22nd August 2017
As part of the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate selection for this constituency, the East Midlands Labour Party Deputy Director, George Carr Williams, will be holding an initial consultation meeting with members to discuss the possibility of Corby being an All Women Shortlist (AWS) constituency.
This meeting will take place at the Corby Irish Centre ,Patrick Road Corby NN18 9NT on 22nd August at 7:30pm. All members are invited to attend.
The Labour Party introduced its policy of All Women Shortlists in 1993 as a means of increasing female representation in Parliament. At that time, 37 women comprised 14% of the Parliamentary Labour Party. As a result of the policy's introduction, this increased to 24% in 1997 (101 women). The proportion of women Labour MPs has now risen to 45%, comparing markedly with the Tories - who have not adopted similar measures - at 21%.
Labour's National Executive Committee is seeking to identify target constituencies which are willing to have an AWS as part of their selection process for their next Parliamentary Candidate: hence, the forthcoming meeting in Corby.