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Stop the dangerous changes to pensions

The campaigning group 38 Degrees are asking for signatures to a petition the text of which reads:-

Please protect our pensions. The government should do all it can to save Tata Steel - but must make sure that failing companies can't raid their employees' pension pots.

This petition has been raised because it appears that:
Right now the government is looking at introducing new laws that put millions of pensions at risk. They claim that these are "unique", but experts and MPs are warning it sets a dangerous precedent that would allow failing companies to permanently cut pensions. Millions of people across the UK depend on their pensions, and millions more will in the future. These changes could leave them all worse off in the years to come. The government's consulting on the changes to the laws right now and they're trying to keep it hush-hush. This petition is our way of demanding they don't rush through these laws, forcing the plans out of the shadows and making them listen.

The link to the petition if members wish to sign is as follows:-


BBC Royal Charter White Paper

A MAJOR OVERHAUL OF HOW BBC IS RUN announced this morning by Culture Secretary John Whittingdale.

Visit www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36276570 to discover what the changes are.

Policy paper


Members seated in the hall

The BBCPA AGM was held on 21st April at Friends Meeting House, Euston London. A full house also heard BBC Trustee Richard Ayre speak on the BBC and Charter Review. His address called 'The BBC: Past, Present and Then?' linked his experience of the BBC, Ofcom and other organisations to his appointment to the Trust in 2010 and the likely replacement of the Trust under the new Charter.

symbolMembers with an interest in hearing his speech and the AGM proceedings are invited to listen to an audio recording, to be found under the heading AGM Recordings in the Members area of the website. This will be more generally released in due course, together with a written summary.

The Members area is password-protected. Please see your Annual Newsletter and previous BBCPA communications for details, or email the Membership Secretary, Maurice Maguire, for a reminder: membership@bbcpa.org.uk

BBC Charter Review public consultation

The Government's Summary of Responses to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport Consultation (March 2016) has now been published on the Government's website. See the link on the News page.

BBCPA Regional Meetings

Each October the Association holds 2 or 3 meetings outside London. We are currently arranging these. Please check the Regional Meetings page to find out more.

Sky High!

Hugh Sheppard at the AGM 2016At the April 2015 AGM, copies of a short report called SKY HIGH! were made available, which compared the cost of viewing free-to-air television with the cost of a subscription account for pay-TV. Now updated, it sets out many of the reasons why the licence fee which pays for the BBC is such good value, particularly when the typical cost of SKY subscription is taken into account.

This report comes at a crucial time for the BBC. The next Royal Charter is due to take effect in 2016 and is inextricably linked to the licence fee, which has already been frozen at £145.50 for six years since 2010. Not only frozen, but with more demands placed on the BBC's budget, such as the funding of the World Service and S4C.

The report previously published in the Members section of this web site is now available to all - read Sky High! here.

Pensioner Nominated Trustee

In the recent election for a Pensioner Nominated Trustee of the BBC Pension Scheme, Leslie Huss-Smickler received the majority votes and so will be appointed a trustee of the scheme. Leslie is a committee member of the BBC Pensioners' Association. Nils Blythe was the runner up. Read more...

Beware of Pension scams

Pension scams are on the increase in the UK. ‘One-off pension investments’, ‘pension loans’ or up front cash are being used to entice savers. Read more on The Pension Regulator web site - Dangers of pension scams.

Radio Times

Some confusion has arisen recently over the discount that members of the BBC Pensioners' Association can obtain on Radio Times and other BBC magazine titles.

Immediate Media the new owners of BBC Magazines have now clarified the situation. Members of the Association who take out a direct debit will be charged £26 for 26 editions of RT posted to their home address. This represents a substantial saving on the shop price and more than covers the annual subscription to the Association. Those members who already receive Radio Times will continue on the old tariff until further notice.

To take advantage of the discount you will need to quote a code which is contained in the most recent copy of the Newsletter or can be obtained by emailing the Membership Secretary membership@bbcpa.org.uk

Rona Fairhead's speech to the RTS

Rona FairheadBBC Trust chair's first speech in her new role reveals her initial observations from four months in the job and sets out how the corporation should address the challenges it faces.

The speech delivered 4th Feb 2015 was entitled 'Confident and connected - A BBC fit for the future'.

Read the full text...


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Annual Membership is only £15 and runs from 1st May to 30th April. Read more about Membership.

To Join the BBC Pensioners' Association, please follow the link to download an application form.

What's New

Regional meeting locations and dates fixed and booked. (June 2016)

Discounted products from Hotpoint, Indesit and Whirlpool added to the Members Discounts page. (May 2016)

Recordings of the 2016 AGM added to Recordings page in the Members area. (May 2016)

Maurice Maguire appointed our new Membership Secretary on the 9th February 2016.

Newsletter Dec 2015 added to the document download page in Members area. (Jan 2016)

Annual Report for 2014 added to Documents page. (Dec 2015)

Sky High! document now readable to all visitors to web site. (Nov 2015)

A BBCPA statement on the BBC's Pension Increase Exchange: PIE. (Oct 2015)

This site was redesigned on 29th January 2010 and is to be redesigned in 2016.

Join Committee

Meetings are held every month in central London on the 2nd Tuesday and usually last 2 hours. Travelling expenses are paid.

If you like to join the association committee, please submit the form on the Documents page before the AGM.