Southport 2 - 4 June 2020

Campaigners will gather in Southport in their hundreds, at the Southport Theatre & Convention Centre for the NPC’s three-day Annual Convention which runs from 2nd - 4th June 2020. Although at a new location, the event will start with an opening rally and still have talks by a number of expert speakers.

Days two and three will include sessions on a wide range of issues of concern to older people, from pensions and social care, to transport and housing. Last year, over 550 delegates picked up a huge amount of useful information from a wide range of speakers, as well as being able to give their own views and pose questions to the panels.

Tickets are priced at £10 for the full event or £5 for one day.

Please see the below booking forms for the Convention along with two forms that we need to use to record the accommodation bookings in Southport in order to get the grant from the Council.

Please use booking form 1 for individual bookings and booking form 2 for group bookings.  If possible, please return these with your Annual Convention booking form. 
It is vitally important that the accommodation booking form is completed and returned to us in order to ensure that NPC receives the grant funding.


Annual Convention Booking Form

Covering letter from Jan Shortt

Individual Booking form

Group Booking form


Office for National Statistics Excess Winter mortality figure release


Date: Wednesday 27th November 2019

The NPC have received confirmation from the Office for National Statistics that the Excess Winter mortality release is due for publication on the 27th of November.


Previous information has been released by the ONS on the weblink below



TUC LESE Pensioners' Network Annual Seminar 2020

Getting About As You Get Older

  • Unfortunately the threat of the coronavirus has meant that TUC Congress House for large gatherings such as the annual LESE Pensioners Seminar have to prioritise by putting health and safety first always, so left with no choice but to postpone Tuesday 7 April 2020 Seminar – PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND.      


  • Once new date has been finalised the 2020 Seminar will be re-advertised.


  • The LESE Pensioners’ Network  Seminar remain committed to the issue of Housing for the Older Person, and all other social issues addressed at previous annual Seminars and continuously highlighted by the Network’s work programme.

Event details


Location: TUC Congress House
23-28 Great Russell Street

Cost:FREE ADMISSION (registration essential)


Please register: or 020 7467 1220

Seminar theme to be confirmed and guest speakers to be advertised: Monday 24 February 2020 

Information stalls include:

Hornsey Pensioners Action Group

National Pensioners Convention 

Morning Star  




NPC Transport Conference

Getting About As You Get Older

Wednesday 18 Sep 2019 - 11:00 to 15:30

St Aloysius Hall
20 Phoenix Road

NW1 1TA​

ADMISSION: £10 (inc lunch) 

BOOKING FORM available here and returnable by 16 September 2019 

Featured discussion on:

  • How cities can be made to be more age friendly

  • The increasing importance of accessible transport

  • Reviewing what groups have been doing over the last year

  • The next stages of campaigning


Save the TV Licence Nationwide Demos

Friday 21 June 2019, 12 noon, outside local BBC offices

Download and print off the demo poster here.

The NPC is calling on local pensioner groups, trade unions, community groups, students, members of the public, MPs and councillors to make a stand on Friday 21 June against:


1. The BBC’s decision to means-test the TV licence for older people

2. The Government’s decision to make the BBC pay for the concession

All the protests will start at 12 noon (unless otherwise stated), in the following locations:


Belfast (This will take place at 11am on 25 June 2019)

Broadcasting House, 25 Ormeau Ave, Belfast BT2 8HQ


Blackburn (Radio Lancashire)

20-26 Darwen St, Blackburn BB2 2EA



The Mailbox, Royal Mail St, Birmingham B1 1RF


Brighton (Sussex Radio) 

40-42 Queens Rd, Brighton BN1 3XB



Broadcasting House, 31-33 Whiteladies Rd, Bristol BS8 2LR


Cardiff (BBC Cymru Wales) 

Broadcasting House, Llantrisant Rd, Cardiff CF5 2YQ


Chelmsford (Radio Essex)

198 New London Rd, Chelmsford CM2 9XB


Dunstable (Three Counties)

Broadcasting House, Grove Park, Dunstable LU5 4GP

Glasgow (BBC Scotland)

40 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1DA


Leeds (Yorkshire) 

Broadcasting Centre, 2 St Peter's Square, Leeds LS9 8AH


Liverpool (Radio Merseyside)

(Starts with march at 11am from bombed out church)

31 College Lane, Hanover St, Liverpool L1 3DS



Broadcasting House, Portland PlaceLondonW1A 1AA



Broadcasting House, Barrack Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4NS


London Rd, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 4UU


Norwich (Look East)

1 Theatre St, Norwich NR2 1AW



269 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 7DW



Dock House, The Quays, Salford Quays, Salford M50 2LH



54 Shoreham St, Sheffield S1 4RS


Southampton (5.30pm)

10 Havelock Rd, Southampton SO14 7PU


Stoke (Radio Stoke and Staffordshire)

Cheapside, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST1 1JJ


Broadcasting House, St Matthews Street, Ipswich IP1 3EP

We are therefore asking campaigners to gather outside their local BBC at 12 noon next Friday to take part in a protest during the lunchtime. Use the simple black and white A4 poster above: which we are asking people to print out at home and stick to a piece of cardboard – so that you can take it along to the demo. Local banners and placards are of course also welcome, along with whistles, drums and other instruments.


The NPC is absolutely clear – if we fail to protect this concession, the government will begin looking at the winter fuel allowance and the bus pass. That’s why we need as big a demonstration as possible out on the street on Friday.



11th -13th JUNE 2019

The annual Pensioners’ Parliament is widely regarded as one of the most important activities in the pensioner movement’s calendar. There is nothing else like it in the country and over the years the event has developed a number of key roles:

  • Education – enabling people to find out new information that they can then use in their campaigning

  • Networking – offering the chance to get together, share ideas and build friendships

  • Debate – providing a forum for people to discuss ideas and have their say

  • Rally – inspiring the movement to continue its united campaign on key issues

The opportunity to build a united pensioners’ movement, under the co-ordination and leadership of the National Pensioners Convention is what the Pensioners’ Parliament is all about.

This year's Pensioners’ Parliament took place at the Blackpool Winter Gardens from 11-13 June. 


The programme for the 2019 event is available here.

A full report of the event is available to download here..



Every year, the NPC in partnership with the National Pensioners' Education and Welfare Centre, holds a  Jack Jones memorial lecture. Speakers in the past have included: 

2011 – Len McCluskey UNITE General Secretary

2012 – Brendan Barber TUC General Secretary

2013 – Frances O’Grady TUC General Secretary

2014 – Owen Jones, Journalist

2015 – Brian Reade, Journalist

2017 – Dame June Clark, RCN Retired Network

2018 - Rebecca Long-Bailey MP

Information about the 2019 Lecture will be announced shortly.

To find our more about the National Pensioners' Education and Welfare Centre, visit their website on


Dame June Clark giving the Jack Jones' lecture in 2017

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