Voluntary Sector: Taking Action ... West Midlands Pensioners Convention vs The Government

Protesters: West Midlands Pensioners Convention
Target: The Government
Location: Birmingham town centre
Date: 27 October

The lowdown

A group of around 50 pensioners gathered in Birmingham to protest against cuts to the state pension and health services. Members of the West Midlands Pensioners Convention marched from Broad Street to Chamberlain Square where they heard speeches and called for an end to cuts affecting the elderly.

Why the protest?

Group secretary Chris Smith said pensioners would lose their lives over the winter because of rising energy costs and cuts to pension allowances. He also said the elderly were no longer willing to live with the indignity of being forced to ask for even basic rights. Smith said: 'Pensioners reject the cuts made by this government and we want a fair deal: we feel we are getting the brunt of it.'

How did the Government respond?

No response has been provided by the Government yet. However, Paul Burstow, the care services minister, has previously said: 'There is no excuse for local authorities to be cutting social care. Our decision to make up to £2bn extra a year available to councils means they are receiving more money than ever before for social care.'

How did the media cover it?

The Birmingham Mail covered the protest, but no national papers or broadcasters showed an interest in the story.

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