An established group affiliated to SPC, Southwark Pensioners Action Group (SPAG) has an active programme of meetings and events focused on raising awareness and campaigning on issues that affect the health and independence of older people.
Recent campaigns have included opposition to the proposed closure of a ward at Maudsley Hospital, a specialist mental health service for older people; challenging the changes to Adult Social Care provision in Southwark; elder abuse in Care Homes; and of course the massive changes to the Health Service outlined by the current coalition government.
SPAG members regularly lobby local and national politicians about the erosion of the value of the old age pension and the position of many older women who receive significantly less income than men.
In 2011 SPAG joined forces with SPC and both organisations now produce a joint newsletter that is circulated every two months across Southwark. The current newsletter is available to view or download and print in .pdf format by clicking on this link.
If you are interested in campaigning for a better deal for pensioners, come into the Centre and find out more about SPAG’s work or visit www.spag.btck.co.uk
For further information about upcoming SPAG events, visit the Calendar page.
The majority of excess deaths in winter occur in those aged 75 and over.
In 2014/15, across all of England and Wales, the government’s estimated figures saw a huge increase from 18,000 to 43,900 in deaths from cold related illnesses – the highest number since 1999/00.
In Southwark, 125 people died from cold related illnesses.
The latest figures for additional winter deaths will be released November 23rd 2016.
On that day, SPAG will be taking as many Southwark people as possible to protest the high number of deaths. The London Region of the National Pensioners Convention will be releasing black balloons, with each balloon representing 1000 deaths.
SPAG invites Southwark people to join us meeting at the Tabernacle at the Elephant and Castle at 11am.
The protest takes place from 11.30am to 12.30pm, Wednesday 23rd 2016, by George V’s statue at Old Palace Yard Westminster opposite the House of Lords. Please do join us.
National Pensioners Convention
GREATER LONDON REGION
- An estimated 43,900 excess winter deaths occurred in England and Wales in 2014/15; the highest number since 1999/00, with 27% more people dying in the winter months compared with the non-winter months.
- The majority of deaths occurred among people aged 75 and over; there were an estimated 36,300 excess winter deaths in this age group in 2014/15, compared with 7,700 in people aged under 75.
- There were more excess winter deaths in females than in males in 2014/15, as in previous years. Male excess winter deaths increased from 7,210 to 18,400, and female deaths from 10,250 to 25,500 between 2013/14 and 2014/15.
- Respiratory diseases were the underlying cause of death in more than a third of all excess winter deaths in 2014/15.
- The excess winter mortality index was highest in the South West in 2014/15 and joint lowest in Yorkshire and The Humber, and Wales
Source: Office for National Statistics