This section is for retired members. Our retired members’ group works closely with other member groups on almost every issue that affects workers in the UK, as well as fighting for quality public services, on which many older people rely.
UNISON retired members have a wealth of experience and knowledge that make them a valuable part of UNISON campaigns.
CONSULTATION ON FREE TV LICENCES FOR THE OVER 75s
Free TV Licences for all licence payers aged over 75 were introduced by the Labour government in 2004. At present, their cost is subsidised by a Department for Work and Pensions grant to the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) but this arrangement ends in June 2020 when the matter will become entirely the BBC’s responsibility and it will be free to alter or scrap the scheme.
At the 2018 UNISON Retired Members’ Conference delegates agreed that the scheme, along its present lines, should be made permanent and continue to be funded from taxes rather than by younger licence payers or by cutting BBC services.
Conference also encouraged retired members to take part in any consultation on the scheme. Take part in the BBC’s Have your say: Age-related TV licence policy consultation.
MOTIONS TO 2019 UNISON NATIONAL DELEGATE CONFERENCE
The two motions chosen for submission to the 2019 UNISON National Delegate Conference by the ballot held at the end of the 2018 UNISON Retired Members’ Conference were as follows:
Composite A Intergenerational Commission
Motion 22 Abuse in Care Homes.
This section is about the key issues affecting retired members. Each key issue explains the facts behind the issue, what UNISON is doing and how you can get involved. You will also find news articles, useful resources and events.
Retired members meet as a self-organised group at branch, regional and national level. Find out what the different groups do and how they are organised.