State Pensions are due to rise according to CPI by 2.6% as of April 2019, thanks to the government's Triple Lock policy.
13 million pensioners will receive on average an extra £221 per annum
Borders branch Christmas Lunch
NATIONAL EXECUTIVE MEETING will be held on Wednesday, 20th March 2019 at 1.30pm, at EIS Headquarters, Moray Place Edinburgh.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held on Wednesday, 19th June 2019 at 1.30pm, at EIS Headquarters, Moray Place Edinburgh.
Please note, expenses will be paid to all delegates attending these meetings, i.e. two delegates per branch. However, any member is entitled to attend the AGM.
Coffees, teas, etc. are available at all meetings, and a glass of wine at the AGM, courtesy of EIS.
Branches are encouraged to send in news of their events, whether serious or lighthearted, and photos if possible! Send these to the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free TV licences for over-75s
The SRTA is concerned, firstly, about current proposals to end the policy of providing free tv licences to all those over 75 years of age; and secondly, that the BBC should be responsible for this benefit.
The General President of PSPC (Public Service Pensioners' Council) has written to Jeremy Wright, MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, to Tom Watson, MP, Depute Leader of the Labour Party, and also to the BBC. Replies are awaited from the first two addressees. The BBC has promised to keep in touch should there be further developments.
Meantime, the SRTA would encourage members to sign the online petitions of AgeUK /AgeScotland, available through the LINK on this website. Letters to MPs by individuals or branches could also be helpful.