report of meeting of 22nd March 2017 - due at WBDTUC 20th April delegate meeting

next meeting: 12th July 2017 – 12.30 for 1pm –  at Unite, Pride Park, Derby.

+ Report to Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council of latest meeting

 Future Meetings:

22nd November 2017– 12.30 for 1pm – at Unite, Pride Park, Derby.





Midlands TUC Pensioners’ Network - report of meeting on 30th November 2016



14 delegates including, it appeared, 7 women but only one Black delegate.


Main Item – UNISON’s Save Care Now Campaign

Nottingham is first Midlands Council to sign UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter. Mick Moreton, an organiser working with the UNISON branch, described their campaign. Key factors seemed to be that portfolio holder for social care was well disposed and detailed work with managers responsible for commissioning. Underpinned by relatively high membership density but no public campaigning or community links. Proof of the pudding will come with later contract management and monitoring.

Midlands TUC Equality Conference Brief report. Network elected Monica Taylor (Unite) and Sue Wood (UNISON) as network reps to the new Equality Committee.

2017 Network Nominations Request has been circulated.

Sustainability and Transformation Plans Elaine Smith (Unite) attended September 17th conference. Conference joint statement circulated. Plans now available. Delegates urged to get to grips with local plans. Elaine may be able to assist.

National TUC Pensioners’ Committee Wash reported on October meeting. Covered Action for Rail, Buses Bill, Cridland Review – re further increases to State Pension Age; Pharmacy Closures - Top-&-tail letter to be circulated, Young Workers’ Month.

Committee appears more positive and campaigning-focused. Spends less time moaning about the infrequency of its meetings and its lack of status.

Bedroom Tax. Government plans to use Local Housing Allowance rates to cap Housing Benefit without any exemption for pensioners, in effect extending the Bedroom Tax to pensioners

Attendance Allowance We reviewed campaign so far including Tory Party conference lobby – now on hold awaiting further government proposals.


Other Items

  • Banner under production at last
  • Financial appeal raised £675. Delegates asked to convey thanks.
  • Action for Rail 3rd January
  • East Midlands Pensioners Convention planning “Generations United” Event


Bob Deacon UNISON 06.12.2016



Report to Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council

Midlands TUC Pensioners’ Network, Derby, 10th August 2016

Attendance: 16 – 8 women and 8 men – that’s two meetings in a row we have achieved gender parity – but, it appeared, not including any Black delegates.

Attendance Allowance: This was the main item. The government proposes to devolve responsibility, in England to councils. The network has raised the issue with Congress House and has produced a top-&-tail letter to MPs

Unwelcome the Tories to Birmingham, 1st-5th October

International Day for Older People, 1st October

Network agreed to work with West Midlands Pensioners’ Convention and Coventry Branch British Pensioners’ and Trades Unionists’ Action Association to do a street stall on Monday 3rd October, probably on Attendance Allowance. Details will be circulated once available.

Besides the network’s activity to unwelcome the Tories, other stuff I’m aware of ….

  • Saturday 1st October: Peoples’ Assembly Conference

  • Sunday 2nd October: Midlands TUC/Peoples’ Assembly Demo Victoria Square 11.30am.

  • Plus some cultural/entertainment stuff with which the UNISON Regional LGBT group and Birmingham Branch are involved. Details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    This will be held for the second year. Details will be included in the October newsletter if available.

    Financial Appeal, following delay, was circulated in July. The only donations received by the time of the network meeting were from Wolverhampton and Worcester Trades Councils.

    Executive Committee Vacancies

    Farouk Haidar, Mike McLoughlin and Elaine Smith (all Unite) elected.

    Future Meetings

    Network: 30 November*, 22 March, 12 July, 22 November

    Executive: 11 January, 10 May, 20 September

    *Speaker from Nottingham UNISON on City Council adopting Ethical Care Charter

    Other Items

    • Banner

    • Midlands TUC Equalities Conference, Saturday 29th October

    • Network Membership – total now 40, including 18 women.

    • Review Pensions Conference, Leicester, 18th May

    • Review Stall at Chainmakers

    • Action for Rail 13th August

    • Merger of Midland TUC LGBT, BAME and Disabled Groups

    • Health Campaigns Together Conference 17th September

    Bob Deacon, 7th September 2016