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Pensioners' parliament to savage Blair

Issue No. 2001

Just days before the government publishes its White Paper on pension reform, Britain’s biggest pensioner organisation – the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) – opened its annual Pensioners’ Parliament.

Over 2,000 older people from across the country met in Blackpool to discuss calls for a universal state pension, immediately set at £114 a week and linked to earnings.

Delegates were also to debate 11 parliamentary-style bills, including calls for:

  • The abolition of council tax and its replacement by a charge based on ability to pay.
  • Free long term and personal care.
  • Winter fuel allowances to be linked to energy prices.
  • Free nationwide travel on all forms of public transport

“We’re going to give the government a right old going over,” a delegate told Socialist Worker. “We’re going to savage Blair and all he stands for.”

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Sat 20 May 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2001
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