Campaigning and Consultation
We will continue to promote a clear voice for older people in Southwark by supporting the Southwark Pensioners Action Group who campaign on pensions, housing, health and social care, and by facilitating Southwark Pensioners Forums where consultation and engagement on any topic that affects older people takes place.
Southwark Pensioners Action Group
SPAG is an established group affiliated with SPC, raising awareness and campaigning on issues that affect the health and independence of older people.
Southwark Pensioners’ Forum
SPF is gives older people in Southwark a voice by involving them in the consultation process with statutory bodies such as Southwark Council, the NHS and the Metropolitan Police.
The very first session of the Southwark Pensioners Parliament took place in February 2010 instigated by Simon Hughes, then MP for Southwark and Bermondsey. The aim was to invite MPs from the three main political parties to make a statement on their key policies ahead of the General Election due to take place in 2010. Pensioners from Southwark were then to have a chance to quiz them on their statements just as MPs do in Parliament. Further sessions were to be developed to quiz the new administration of Southwark Council and then new government ministers.
The Pensioners Parliament represents a very real opportunity for older people in Southwark to find out key policies and campaigns that their MPs have been undertaking and to have their say on the issues that are most important to them.