Monthly Archives: March 2011

2011 Annual Assembly – Election News

An item on the Assembly Agenda this year was a resolution relating to the length of time the elected officers (currently, the Chair and Vice-Chair) should serve in their respective offices.  In simple terms, the resolution was to provide that … Continue reading

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Steve Webb

It is good that the Pensions Minister, Steve Webb, is attending and speaking at the Assembly in Birmingham on Wednesday.  But, for those who may not know, he is a Brummie – educated in Great Barr.  From there he went … Continue reading

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Later Life Newsletter

From the ‘Later Life Local Engagement Team at the Department for Work and Pensions No 22 – March 2011 ‘Do five simple things a day to stay sane’. Although two years old this report is well worth reading again. Simple … Continue reading

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Assembly to address challenges

Members will  note from the Agenda that the second morning session of the Assembly on 30th March is a ’round table discussion’ which we hope will help to identify the issues that will inform both the Forum’s Action plan for … Continue reading

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Questions for the Minister

From the agenda for the West Midlands Assembly on 30th March [see ‘Assembly Agenda 2011’ just below the blog picture above] members will have seen that the morning starts with a session with the Honourable Steve Webb, MP, Minister of … Continue reading

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Assembly Attenders – Special Notice

One of the stands at the Assembly will be manned by one of the West Midlands’ regional Fire and Rescue Services.  But they are not there for ‘decoration’.  On the contrary, there is an important and, in the context of … Continue reading

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The Digital Divide

An interesting article, with links, based on a report commissioned by the DWP on the subject of older people and methods of job searching – the issue being “the digital divide”.  http://www.agingworkforcenews.com/2011/03/digital-divide-separates-older-workers.html

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