Meeting October 18th 2017

‘What Future for Social Housing?

The situation in Haringey’

Gordon Peters

Gordon is a volunteer with Haringey Over 50s and Vice-Chair of Public Voice that delivers Healthwatch in Haringey.

Discussion to include others campaigning for fair housing policies.

Time and date: WEDNESDAY October 18th 2017 at 1.30pm

Venue: Hornsey Parish Church Hall,

Cranley Gardens, N10 3AH

Entrance on Cranley Gardens through car park. Doors open from 1pm.

Buses W7 W3 144 stop nearby.

Download the Notice for Oct. 18th that reports on the September meeting. Download


NPC Lobby of Parliament October 2017

The NPC Lobby of Parliament begins with a rally at Old Palace Yard at 11.30

The Rally is in committee room 14 from 1pm to 3pm with very good speakers.

October 1st is International Older Peoples Day.

HPAG plans to celebrate this at a recruitment stall on October 23rd.

At the meeting on November 15th members will be asked to vote on whether to increase our membership subscription,

currently £5 single, £7.50 couples.



Meeting September 20th 2017

The Sustainability & Transformation Plan (STP) for 5 local boroughs!

 Is this bad news for your health and social care services?

Both speakers have studied the plan having taken part in  HCT NCL STP Watch*

Alan Morton,      chair of en10nergy and U3A lecturer.

Janet Shapiro,   coordinator of HPAG

Time and date: WEDNESDAY September 20th 2017 at 1.30pm

Venue: Hornsey Parish Church Hall,

Cranley Gardens, N10 3AH

Entrance on Cranley Gardens through car park. Doors open from 1pm.

Buses W7 W3 144 stop nearby.

*Note that North Central London (NCL) covers boroughs Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington.

Published in September: Public Voices Download, press release Download

Health Campaigns Together (HCT) is an umbrella group.  Keep Our NHS Public (KONP) and 38 Degrees Haringey are affiliated to HCT

Find September notice here Download

Our member Meg Westell died in June this year. Recent photo Download July 6th Download

Commemoration of the life of

Margaret (Meg) Westell 1924 –16th June 2017

on Thursday September 21st 7.30pm at

Friends Meeting House, 77 Church Crescent, N10 3NE (all welcome)

Threats to franchise Local Crown Post Offices

The firm ‘Universal Office Equipment HQ at, 120 High Road, East Finchley, London N2 9ED’ intends to take up franchise of several crown post offices: Muswell Hill, Crouch End, Stoke Newington and an Independent for Finsbury Park.

But we do not want our crown post offices to become private businesses.

Please take part in the consultation, either on line or by writing.

Esther Singer outside East Finchley Crown Post Office

The deadline for the public consultation for Crouch End is September 6th, and for Muswell Hill September 13th. You can give your feedback on these proposals by completing the Post Office online survey via the following link and entering: Muswell Hill N10 4DQ or another post office you are concerned about.

You can also email them on

Royal Mail is privatised, but Post Office Ltd remains in public hands. Hornsey Pensioners has in the past year written to both the director of Post Office Ltd. owned by the government, and the minister responsible, but the replies indicated that Post Office Ltd must be financially viable, hence the search for firms to take over franchise.

Hornsey pensioners took part in the official consultation event for Muswell Hill Crown Post Office on Wednesday 16th August.  The business man applying for the franchise, Elliott Jacobs was present. He was told that counter staff at Muswell Hill were unhappy about transferring to his shop. I asked him whether he would recognise and negotiate their union CWU and he declined.

On Saturday August 26th I visited the shop at East Finchley that took over the franchise of the Crown Post Office. Our group had opposed the franchise, the  photo is dated April 2013, and the franchise took place in 2014.  The shop is well laid out, but the merchandise of office and art materials fronts the entrance with post office services towards the rear.

In Muswell Hill we already have shops – Rymans for office equipment, and ‘Art for Arts’ Sake’ for artists’ materials.  Do we need more such outlets?  While there I approached one of the counter staff at East Finchley and asked whether she was a member of CWU – apparently not.

The Communications and Workers Union (CWU) conducted a picket that morning to object to further privatisations of post offices in this area. The CWU over many years has negotiated pay, conditions and career path for post office counter staff.

For us as customers, the union plays a role in maintaining standards, making sure that post offices services are conducted in a professional manner. They make sure that the staff we depend upon for advice are well trained.

Janet Shapiro


Warning about current changes in the NHS

Meeting on August 15th 2017 10.30

at the Southgate Beaumont Care Home,

15 Cannon Hill, N14 7DJ.

The meeting is a 10 minute walk from Southgate station, and on bus routes 121, W6 and 299.  It is called by Enfield Over 50’s Forum about a consultation being conducted by the Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The meeting is on ‘Adherence to Evidence-Based Medicine’ (AEBM)  

The Enfield CCG proposals are to introduce another layer of control, that would overrule doctors clinical judgement on a number of  treatments, and if applied would affect patients very badly.  The front page of the August/September newsletter of Enfield Over 50’s Forums can be downloaded.  Download

If AEBM was applied in Enfield, other borough CCGs could follow.

Note that all CCGs in North Central London boroughs: Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey & Islington are under pressure to eliminate their ‘deficits’ that are really ‘overspends’ caused by under-funding)