Brent Pensioners Forum held a successful monthly meeting after Councillor Paul Lorber, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Brent Council, stepped in at short notice as the guest speaker on 3rd November.
At the meeting Councillor Lorber urged members of the Forum to take part in the forthcoming referendum on a fairer voting system. He highlighted the unfairness of the current system which creates odd situations in Brent where one party can get 60% of councillors from just 40% of the votes and where the Conservatives have only 6 councillors when the votes cast for them justify twice as many seats.
Among other issues discussed was the decision by Liberal Democrats in Government to reintroduce the link for pension increases to earnings.
The Pensioner’s Forum raised concerns about the introduction of fortnightly refuse collections and problems with refuse collectors knocking on doors over the Christmas period. Cllr Lorber promised to raise these concerns with the Council.
“It was a real pleasure to attend the Pensioner’s Forum and talk to our senior citizens. We had a very positive exchange of views and a number of very important issues were discussed.” says Cllr Lorber.
The pensioners were pleased that Councillor Lorber was able to stay with them for the whole meeting and to listen and debate their concerns about the Freedom Pass, bus services and street cleaning, amongst other issues.
“Not only did Paul help us by stepping in as a guest speaker, he stayed with us for the whole two hours to participate in a wide ranging debate of local and national issues.” added Vi Steele, Chair of the Brent Pensioner’s Forum.