Britain’s biggest pensioner organisation, the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) is to launch a three month consultation exercise (on Friday March 7) aimed at creating a Pensioners’ Manifesto for use in the 2015 General Election. The NPC will canvass its 1000 affiliated groups, individual supporters and the general public to find out which issues should be put before the main political parties. The topics will range from increases in the state pension and maintaining the universal bus pass to ending standing charges on utility bills and tackling age discrimination. The results of the consultation will be announced at the annual Pensioners’ Parliament that takes place in Blackpool on 17-19 June 2014.
Dot Gibson, NPC general sectary said: “Like all other sections of our society, pensioners do not necessarily share the same views about every important issue of the day. But we know that often, regardless of which party they vote for, they share certain concerns about issues such as pensions and care. It is right that these concerns are put before all the main candidates in the general election so that they understand what older people think. This will be one of the biggest consultation exercises the pensioners’ movement has ever undertaken, and it will give people the chance to have their say.”
The NPC plans to produce a Pensioners’ Manifesto in the run-up to the 2015 general election which it hopes to put before all the main candidates in every constituency. The responses will then be publicised to let older voters know which candidates are backing their concerns.