RMG news update September 2017

RMG news update September 2017

News and meeting dates for Prospect's retired members group September 2017

  • 13 Sep 2017


Report on RMG National Committee Meeting, 7 September 2017

The Retired Members Group National Committee met on 7 September 2017. Robbie Ridoutt announced that he would not be standing for either President or Vice President in 2018 and was making the announcement now to give Area AGMs time to consider nominations. Download the full report of the meeting

Just hang up on pension scams

Losses from pension scams are running at a record rate, according to the latest figures.

1 in 4 care homes unsafe, says watchdog as experts criticise 'Russian roulette' in social care

Poor leadership and staff shortages mean residents in a quarter of care homes are going weeks without being cleaned and are served dangerous levels of medication, the first comprehensive audit has found.

The report, by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), also reveals that a third of residential nursing homes are failing to provide safe levels of care.

1 in 4 older people legally entitled to a free care home place face hidden charges on their family

A new report by Age UK reveals another element of unfairness in the UK’s failing social care system: the families of 1 in 4 care home residents whose care is supposed to be free – representing 1 in 10 of all care home residents – are forced to stump up ‘top up fees’ that can run into thousands each year.

Support our Public Services Campaign

Prospect launched its #ScrapTheCap public service campaign this week. Our goal is to step up pressure on the government to scrap the pay cap across all public services, and for an independent review of pay covering all our members (who are often not covered by any other pay review bodies).

Get involved

  • Visit our new campaign website – psworkingforyou.org.uk
  • Lobby your MP – If you haven't already written to your MP using our simple campaign lobbying tool, please do this today. Over 2,700 members have used the tool, and it takes less than two minutes to send an email. You can also ask friends and family to participate.
  • Read our vision document – you can download our summary or read the full document.

RMG meeting dates

All the RMG meeting dates can be found in the Prospect events calendar.

North East RMG AGM

Date: 12 October 2017
Time: 13:30
Location: North Biddick Social Club, Bonemill lane, Fatfield, Washington, Tyne & Wear,NE38 8AJ
Contact: e: Peter Gilroy, pm.gilroy @sky.com / 01670354613
Other information: Guest speaker: David Luxton, RMG group secretary
For members in postcodes: NE, DH, SR, DL, TS.

South East England RMG AGM

Date: 25 October 2017
Time: 12:30
Location: The Angel Leisure Centre Tonbridge Angel Ln, Tonbridge TN9 1SF
Contact: Ian Findley, [email protected]
Other information: Guest speaker: David Luxton, RMG group secretary
For members in postcodes: BN, TN, CT, DA, ME, RH.


Date: 3 November 2017
Time: 10:30
Location: Waterfront Museum, Oystermouth Rd, Swansea SA1 3RD
Contact: Graham Clarkson, [email protected]
Other Information: Guest Speaker: Dai Hudd, deputy general secretary
For members in postcodes: SY, SA, LD, CF, NP.

East Midlands RMG AGM

Date: 6 November 2017
Time: 11:00
Location: Prospect Midlands regional office, Unit 4 Midland Court, Central Park, Leiecester Road, Lutterworth, LE17 2PN
Contact: Tony Beech, [email protected] / 01283 585622
For members in postcodes: CV, DE, LE, LN, NG, NN

West Midlands RMG AGM

Date: 14 November 2017
Time: 10:30
Location: The Pear Tree Hotel, Smite Ln, Worcester WR3 8SY
Contact: Ian Hodges, [email protected]
For members in postcodes: ST, TF, WV, WS, DY, B, WR, HR. 

Scotland South RMG AGM

Date: 24 October 2017
Time: 14:00
Location: Holiday Inn Express, Edinburgh City Centre, Picardy Place, Edinburgh EH1 3JT
Contact: Cath Mitchell, [email protected] / 0777 9189015
Other Information: David Luxton, RMG group secretary
For members in postcodes: G, KA, ML, EH, TD, DG, FK 1-6, PA 1-19.

Central Southern RMG

Dates: 07 November 2017 (AGM), 05 December 2017 (Committee Meeting)
09 January 2018 (Committee Meeting)
Time: All commence at 11:00
Location: All held at Royal Maritime Club, 75-80 Queen St, Portsmouth PO1 3HS
Contact: Patrick Davies, [email protected]
For members in postcodes: SO, PO.

East Anglia RMG AGM

Date: 08 November 2017
Time: 13:00
Location: Red Lion Hotel, Station Road, Whittlesford, Cambridge CB22 4NL
Contact: David Mills, [email protected]
For members in postcodes: CB, CM, CO, EN, IG, IP, NR, PE, RM and SS.

Thames Valley RMG AGM

Date: 07 November 2017
Time: 10:30
Location: Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC), 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS
Contact: Gordon Wickham, [email protected]
Other Information: Guest speaker Geraldine O’Connell, national secretary
For members in postcodes: GU, RG, SL

Southern RMG AGM

Date: 26 October 2017
Time: 11:00
Location: Lyme Regis Guildhall chambers, Bridge St, Bridge St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA
Contact: Robert Milner, [email protected]
For members in postcodes: BH, DT, TA. 


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