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NPC Annual Convention – Birmingham 21.09.22


NPC Annual Convention – Birmingham

10.30am/11am - 4.00pm, Wednesday, 21st September, 2022

Not enough? Conference to question new PM’s response to life threatening crisis

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NEWS - NPC Annual Convention - 21 Sept 2022 - Birmingham v. 7th
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Agenda - draft

AGENDA Draft - Birmingham - v2. 7th September 2022
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The National Pensioners’ Convention will hear leading experts outline the multiple challenges facing our oldest and most vulnerable this winter.

Lord George Foulkes, Joint Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ageing & Older People, and Heléna Herklots, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales will lead the discussion – as well as examine new Prime Minister Liz Truss’s desperately needed emergency package for struggling consumers.

Jan Shortt, NPC General Secretary said: “Even before the new government’s announcement on measures to ease energy bills, older people were asking ‘is it going to be enough?’ Because many are still struggling to pay the most recent hike. This important NPC Convention will hear the true scale of what is surely a humanitarian disaster, and look at how we must challenge it.”

Tickets are going fast for the NPC’s much anticipated Annual Convention in Birmingham City Council House, on Wednesday, 21st September 2022.

The UK’s largest campaign group, run for and by older people, will gather from 11am (registration from 10.30 am) to discuss how rocketing energy and food prices will push millions into poverty - and may even lead to lives being lost.

There will also be presentations by Age UK, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Healthwatch England and the Centre for Ageing Better among others.

Urging NPC members – and those considering joining us – to attend, General Secretary Jan Shortt said: “Outrageously high bills are going to be as big a threat as Covid-19 to older people this Winter. No matter what the government suggest now, the hard fact is many are already in debt and still face the awful choice of eating or heating this winter. Come along and air your views.”

Pensioner Poverty and Older People’s Rights is the theme of the one day event. It will also focus on NPC campaigns like digital exclusion, and the disappearing services that many older people rely on, such as GP and hospital appointments, social care; cash transaction and better housing for pensioners.

*TO REGISTER for a Ticket - £5 including buffet lunch - for the NPC Annual Convention please contact: or write to: NPC, Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AB by Friday, 9th September 2022.



There will be a raffle at the Annual Convention. If you have any raffle prizes to donate, please bring them along.

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Annual Convention – Birmingham City Council House

10.30am - 4.00pm, Wednesday, 21st September, 2022

Pensioner Poverty & Older People’s Rights


10.30am REGISTRATION – Drawing Room - Teas & Coffee

11.00am INTRODUCTION - Rosie MacGregor, NPC President

11.05am WELCOME - Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Maureen Cornish JP

11.10am SESSION 1: Eat or Heat - the Killer Choice for Pensioners this Winter

Chair: Rosie MacGregor NPC President

  • Lord Foulkes – Joint-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group, Ageing/Older People.

  • Eorann Lean – Senior External Affairs Manager, AGE UK.

  • Heléna Herklots – Older People’s Commissioner for Wales.

  • Q & A - Led by Jan Shortt, NPC General Secretary

12.30pm LUNCH – Drawing Room – Buffet

1.15pm SESSION 2: We Have Rights – So Why Don’t They Listen to Us?

Chair: Linda RichardsNPC Deputy General Secretary

  • Jackie Killeen, EHRC - Older People’s Rights – new report.

  • Jo McGowan, Ageing Better - Head of Campaigns & Public Affairs, and Christos Tuton, Parliamentary & Public Affairs Officer - State of Ageing Report

  • Ben Knox,Healthwatch England - GP/NHS waiting lists

  • Paul Burnham, HOMES FOR ALL, Housing for Older People.

  • Dr Becky Faith, IDS Think TankDigital Poverty UK Report for Citizens Online

Q & A - Led by Jan Shortt, NPC General Secretary

2.30pm BREAK Drawing Room - Tea and Coffee

2.45pm SESSION 3: Disappearing Services That Millions Rely Upon

Chair: Jan Shortt, NPC General Secretary

  • Silviya Barrett, Director, Policy & Research, Better Transport

  • Cat Farrow – Co-ordination Lead, Access to Cash Action Group

  • Sarah Gayton – NFBUK: & Sarah Leadbetter (transport safety)

  • TUC – on the range of public and other services that are disappearing.

Q & A - Led by Jan Shortt, NPC General Secretary

4.00pm-4.15pm CONCLUSION & ACTIONS – Jan Shortt, NPC General Secretary


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