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Invisible’ protest takes campaign for pensioners’ rights to Westminster
Wednesday 24 October 2007


http://www.npcuk.org/


Over 1000 campaigners from across Britain will support an ‘invisible’ protest at Westminster on Wednesday October 24, as part of a nationwide campaign for pensioners’ rights.



The campaign, organised by Britain's biggest pensioner organisation - the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) - will highlight the concern that many older people feel their needs are being ignored by government, as if they were an 'invisible generation'.



To make their point, around 30 protestors will be carrying placards and dressing up in bandages, dark glasses and hats like the invisible man in the many film versions of HG Wells’s classic story, before joining a rally in the Methodist Central Hall at 12 noon and a lobby of MPs in the afternoon.



Joe Harris, NPC general secretary said: "This demonstration comes at a time when pensioners' anger is growing at the way in which their needs are being overlooked. Three million older people will have died before the government restores the link with earnings and the £3.40 a week rise in the state pension next year will do nothing to end the poverty felt by 1 in 5 older people. The real cost of inflation felt by millions of older people is so high that such a small increase will be immediately swallowed up by council tax, utility bills and the rising costs of living."



"In recent weeks there has also been much talk about the lack of dignity in the care of older people and how they still have to pay for help with eating, washing or going to the toilet. There has been alot of talk - but older people are still being treated like second-class citizens. Every year around 70,000 people have to sell their homes in order to pay for long-term care, whilst many more have been denied help in their own homes because of cuts in services or rising charges."



"But we are no longer prepared to be ignored - we must make our voices heard. That is why it is vital that we establish a set of basic and fundamental rights which protect all older people from discrimination, neglect and abuse, as well as providing them with dignity in care and financial security in retirement.â€Â
"[quote]In recent weeks there has also been much talk about the lack of dignity in the care of older people and how they still have to pay for help with eating, washing or going to the toilet. There has been alot of talk - but older people are still being treated like second-class citizens. Every year around 70,000 people have to sell their homes in order to pay for long-term care, whilst many more have been denied help in their own homes because of cuts in services or rising charges."


"But we are no longer prepared to be ignored - we must make our voices heard. That is why it is vital that we establish a set of basic and fundamental rights which protect all older people from discrimination, neglect and abuse, as well as providing them with dignity in care and financial security in retirement.â€Â