UNISONScotland www
This is our archive website that is no longer being updated.
For the new website please go to
Click here
Home News About us Join Us Contacts Help Resources Learning Links UNISON UK
  Retired Members Information & Resources 

Staying Active in UNISON

Back to Retired Members Index

Back to Information & Resources Index

Useful Links




Provided by Mae Stewart, Editor UNISON Retired members Newsletter, Dundee, Perth and Angus.
Please note that this is not definitive information about benefits but will provide a signpost as to where to get up to date information. Please check the sources first. UNISON Scotland can take no responsibility for information that may be outdated or inaccurate.

Issue 4 May/June2003

top | Information & Resources Index

Extract from AGE Concern Manifesto

Age Counts

Age Concern Scotland recognizes the tremendous contribution the Scottish Parliament has made to the lives of older people over the past four years. We believe the next Scottish Parliament can and should continue to build on these foundations, to ensure that Scotland is a country in which we are proud to grow old.

Unfortunately older people are still not receiving the best quality services. Care and health issues continue to fail to live up to expectations. Too many older people are excluded from civic society. Too many older people face discrimination and the provision of goods and services.

Scotland is ageing. The role of older people in society is increasingly important, and therefore we believe that all of the work of the Scottish Parliament should the roles, the needs, and the contributions of older people, both now and in the future. Age Concern Scotland is calling on the new Scottish Parliament to recognize the contribution older people have made to society throughout their lives, and the economic and social contribution they continue to make, whether working or not.

We wish to ensure that all older people in Scotland have their needs met, their rights upheld, their voices heard, and have choice and control over all aspects of their lives. We have consulted widely with our members to develop this Manifesto, and it highlights what we believe to be the priorities for the next Scottish Parliament.

For more information on Age Concern Scotland's Manifesto, or contact for any other information you may deem relevant to yourself, please contact:

Age Concern Scotland, 113 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3DT
Telephone: 0131 220 3345
Fax: 0131 220 2779
e-mail: enquiries@acscot.org.uk
Web: www.ageconcernscotland.org.uk
08457 22 33 44

Mae Stewart

top | Information & Resources Index


Perth Retired Members Meeting Meeting Report
Tuesday 13th May 2002

Mr. George Gorrie welcomed members to the May Meeting of the Perth Section at the AK Bell Library.

The guest speaker was Jim Grandison from the Ministry of Pensions.

Jim gave a very detailed account of the benefits available through the Pension Service.

(1) State retirement Pensions - Basic £78

Every Man over 65 and woman over 60 entitled to the basic pension, except married women who have not paid the full stamp.

The total pension for each person depends on individual circumstances.

(2) Health related Benefits -

Attendance Allowance is paid if pensioners over 65 cannot look after themselves. It is not means tested. It is for help with personal care.

(3) Means Tested Benefits.

Minimum Income Guarantee: Pensioners over 60 could get extra money every week on top of their pension if they have savings of less than £12,000.

Carers Allowance:

Invalid Care Allowance is available for persons caring for a disabled person who is receiving attendance allowance. This is now available for persons over 65 but is very tightly means tested.

Mr. Grandison then explained the new procedures regarding the payment of pensions.

It is proposed that Pension Books will be phased out within two years.

George Gorrie proposed a vote of thanks to Mr. Grandison for his most interesting and informative talk.

Dorothy Borrie

top | Information & Resources Index