|Protecting and defending the value of pensions
One of our key objectives is to maintain and improve the purchasing power of all pensions from civil service and related schemes. The CSPA was originally set up to campaign to restore the value of civil service and related pensions, which at the time had been seriously eroded by inflation. We achieved index linking in 1972 and since then we have both defended the link and campaigned to achieve a wide range of improvements. We also campaign for a better deal for widows and widowers of civil servants.
Lobbying on your behalf
We advise and represent our members if they have any individual problems with their pensions and we meet regularly with the pension administrators and Cabinet Office to resolve any general problems.
Ensuring a better retirement for all pensioners
We work closely with other pensioners’ organisations and campaign for better social care, healthcare and transport provision for the benefit of all pensioners.
Our current campaigns
Our campaigns change over time as we respond to the changing needs of pensioners and the pressures they face. Among other things, we are currently campaigning for
- a basic state pension set above the official poverty level and linked to increases in average earnings;
- a substantial increase in the winter fuel payment;
- higher tax-free personal allowances;
- a fairer system of local government taxation based upon a person’s ability to pay;
- an improved National Health Service, with treatment based on clinical need and free at the point of delivery;
- good quality and sustainable long-term care, community care, services to assist living at home and improved benefits for carers;
- good public transport with concessionary bus passes for older people throughout the UK;
- access to free education and leisure activities;
- an end to age discrimination, in all its forms;
- the maintenance of a universal postal service at a uniform tariff;
- the retention of a network of local Post Offices;
- the right to consultation on national and local issues affecting older people.
To find out more about our campaigning work, please contact us on 020 8688 8418 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.