Withdrawal of free TV licenses from pensioners aged 75+

Your Retired Members Management Committee has been active in opposing the BBC decision to withdraw free TV licences from the majority of pensioners aged 75 plus. We have engaged with the media, written to elected representatives, and taken part in street demonstrations. I think our attitude is best displayed in our letter published in the […]

Report from the TUC meeting on the state pension

In recent years the Conservatives seemed to consider the state pension is a plaything whose protections can be altered at their whim.  In truth, it is a right enshrined in law, payment of which is triggered in most cases by an individual’s National Insurance contributions over many years. On Thursday 23 July 2020, Joe Hannigan […]

Open letter from Hampshire Unison Retired Members Section to Baroness Harding on ‘Test & Trace’

Dear Lady Harding COVID – 19: TEST AND TRACE You will have recently received a communication from Jan Shortt, General Secretary of the National Pensioners Convention, referring to this subject. Our Unison Section in Hampshire is affiliated to the NPC and we share the views and concerns expressed in the message that they sent to […]

Hampshire Retired Members Section on the crisis in UK care homes

Probably before ‘the force of nature’ that is the Corona virus arrived on our shores, most of us had limited knowledge of its capabilities, except that it represented a particular danger to the elderly and more so those with existing debilitating health issues. Care homes housing so many elderly residents, often with serious health issues, […]

Chris O’Neill on UNISON participation in the Labour leadership contest

In January this year you may have seen announcements in the media or on internal circulations that Unison had voted to support Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner in the contest for the election of the Leader and Deputy of the Labour Party. Clearly, not all Unison members are Labour Party supporters. I was curious to […]

Press release from Hampshire Unison Retired Members Section: The barbarians are at the library doors

After ten years the onslaught to diminish our public services in Hampshire continues. Currently we are invited to take part in a consultation on the County’s library services, ultimately the aim of which appears to gain support for the closure of libraries, which will lead to inevitable redundancies. For many pensioners libraries represent a point […]

HCC Library Service Consultation

Branch Secretary Carla Young reports on the ongoing Library Service public consultation Many Hampshire residents are aware that Hampshire County Council anticipate a budget shortfall of £80 million by April 2021. The Library Service’s anticipated contribution to the overall savings target is £1.76 million. While this contribution may appear to be very small in comparison […]

January 2020 Newsletter

Hampshire Unison January 2020 Newsletter

Update on state pension from Retired Members Section

It is anticipated that the state pension will rise by 4% from next April, 2020.  This was the figure provided by the Office for National Statistics of the average wage growth up to July this year and should therefore be reproduced in the pension increase due to the Triple Lock protection (yet another issue your […]

UNISON National Retired Members Conference – Southport, October 2019

Diana Barnes and Chris O’Neill were Hampshire’s delegates to this year’s conference, representing Hampshire’s 1,010 retired members. Southport is located on the north-west coast of England, not far from Liverpool. It is a lively holiday resort with many shops and restaurants and noticeably friendly residents. A more detailed report of the conference will be produced. […]