One of our National Coordinating Group’s interests is to take forward concepts and designs for campaigning leaflets directly of relevant to Scottish pensioners. It’s easier said than done! But our leaflet committee made a proposal to go ahead with three new leaflets.
One of them focuses on pensions. Jim Stamper of the Glasgow group has spent a great deal of time coming up with the basic concept, researching the information, and beginning to put it together in an actual leaflet. We are lucky to have the help of a professional graphic designer to take our initial ideas and produce the finished product.
When we have the leaflet design finished, it will be uploaded here. We’ll also have all the references to the source material here as well.
Some months back we invited Bill Mills to speak to us about Reframing at the Glasgow P4Indy group. He gave us a good overview of what is involved in Reframing and you can find some of that here. The month after that we tried our own hand at reframing in a couple of short workshops. You can see what we came up with here.…. and one thing we found out is that reframing is quite hard to do!
Since it is hard to do – for us beginners, anyway – I was very pleased to hear from June Maxweel the other day that she has a set of short podcasts called Subtle Signposts which back up what we learnt from Bill, expand on some of his topics, and develop others. I heard June speak at the National Yes Registry Day in Stirling last autumn and liked her approach. In these podcasts she focuses on one aspect of Reframing at a time. I’m currently half way through them and think they will be very useful.
The 16 March was that Saturday when Scotland was caught in a jetstream-powered downpour of rain, sleet and snow but 70 of us still made our way to our AGM in Edinburgh. We were very fortunate to have three speakers joining us: Edinburgh City Councillor Ashley Graczyk, Joanna Cherry QC MP, and Paul Kavanagh-Mosson with the Wee Ginger Dug.
The principle of devolution states that all powers are devolved to the Scottish parliament in Holyrood unless they were specified in the list of reserved powers as set out in the 1999 Devolution Act.
This is a six page leaflet has a lot of information about the details of that principle including changes made after the 2014 referendum. It answers questions like “Why doesn’t the Scottish government do more about poverty, etc…” And it has information about the extent of Scotland’s natural resources. it doesn’t cover the recent Brexit raid on devolved powers.
This is a four page leaflet with a lot of information about pensions as they are now in UK and as they could be in an independent Scotland. It was put together in 2016 and uses data from UKGov, from Media, and from Scotland’s Future White Paper.
This is a leaflet we produced last year. There’s a big difference in the independence voting patterns of over 60s compared to younger voters. The leaflet asks the older generation to support the aspirations of the younger generations.
This is the leaflet focussing on pensions that went into the Big Indy Kits. It highlights the difference between UK State Pension at approx 29% of average wage compared to higher level of State Pensions in many other European countries. It also emphasises that State Pensions are safe and will continue to be paid in an independent Scotland.
As ever it’s important that every who has a vote makes sure that they are registered to vote. It’s easy to register. Follow this link to register online or print off the form for a friend. Or register by post by contacting your local Electoral Registration Office. People might need to have their National Insurance number to hand. They can also register anonymously if worried for their safety. EU Citizens in Scotland has produced this voting information postcard.