Pensioners for Independence will be holding their first annual conference on Saturday, 25th November 2017 at Broughton High School, North Edinburgh.  Speakers include Craig Dalzeil – Common Weal, Maggie Chapman – Green Party, George Kerevan – SNP, Christine Grahame MSP -SNP and Robin McAlpine – Common Weal.  Doors open 9.30 for 10 am start.  Tickets are £6 (or donation) and are available from Eventbrite: eventbrite.com/e/pensioners-for-independence-1st-national-conference-tickets-37754887886.

British workers can expect among the worst pensions in the developed world, according to a report from investment bank UBS, which compared the retirement outlook for a 50-year-old woman in major cities across the globe.

Pensions compared

How much a state plus “mandatory” pension will be worth at retirement as a proportion of current income, based on a 50-year-old female in each city
Singapore 73% Sydney 72% Paris 69% Milan 67% New York 55% Tokyo

Couldn’t make it up ?

Recently Jeremy Corbyn, on one of his occasional visits to “North Britain” – a.k.a. Scotland – is reported to have said that it would be difficult for Scotland to have its own distinctive legal system, separate from that in England.  Would someone please take him on one side and gently whisper in his ear that Scotland has had its own distinctive legal system for centuries.

Large quantities of North Sea oil are processed on the rigs and exported directly to other countries without coming ashore.  Prior to December 2016 oil that was shipped directly from the rigs was counted towards the Oil Companies’ Head Offices, rather than being counted as produced in Scotland.  Oil imported or exported into or out of the UK was normally associated with the region of the UK where it was produced, but oil exported directly

The government must reconsider punishing changes to women’s pensions after it emerged earlier reforms boosted state coffers by more than £5 billion a year, campaigners say. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found more than one million women are worse-off by an average of £32 a week after the retirement age moved from 60 to 63. The change, which happened between 2010 and 2016, has taken 1.1 million women off the pensions book, saving the

We now have active campaigning groups in Edinburgh and Lothians and in Glasgow and West of Scotland.  The aim is to try to set up groups based around each of the other cities in Scotland, and after that to attempt to reach out into the surrounding rural areas.  We are currently trying to identify people in and around other cities who might be interested in helping to set up new groups. This will enable us

So, the Tories are looking after their own in the insurance markets!  Who would have guessed ?

Quote from a city worker:

“The Conservatives will attempt to soften the blow by promising that pensioners will not have to sell their homes to pay for their care costs while they or a surviving partner are alive. Instead, ‘products will be available’ allowing the elderly to pay by extracting equity from their homes, which will be recovered

Why would any Scottish state pensioner even consider voting Conservative in the General Election ?  The Tories will remove the current protection for annual increases in state pensions and rob many Scots pensioners of their winter fuel payments. Given half a chance, they’ll also continue to cut the Scottish Parliament’s funding until we can no longer afford to provide free bus passes and free prescriptions. Don’t be like a turkey voting for Christmas – vote

There has been renewed publicity paid just recently to the future of the triple-lock on state pensions. This is the committment made some time ago that annual increases will be whichever is the greatest of :-  the rate of inflation, the change in the Consumer Prices Index, and 2.5%.   Both the Conservatives and Labour have said they will discontinue the triple-lock in the near future, whereas the SNP have made it clear that, in an

Tory pensions bombshell

Angus Robertson asked PM May a simple question to guarantee the pensions triple lock. She failed to. Pensioners should fear Tory pensions bombshell. Calling the election has delayed the Government’s plans to push back the state pension age and abandon the triple lock, due to be announced on 5 May. As things stand, May might sound an attractive proposition to middle-aged Brits, but her proposal to target pensioners’ benefits – or, as I prefer to