Another lobby of Parliament which was reported to the Trades Union Council was organised by the National Pensioners Convention. The lobby focused on two main issues, pensions and care. One of the speakers at the lobby highlighted the attack against ‘Meals on Wheels’ as part of the Government’s austerity programme, and had pointed out that more than a million people older people are malnourished in the UK costing the UK economy £13 billion per year.
Delegates learned about the huge number of teachers who are resigning as a result of stress, causing a massive shortfall. To make up their number, untrained teachers in their thousands are being recruited from overseas or from former personnel in the armed forces. Many of these, too, resign when they experience the working conditions in our education system.