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Nov 16 2006 18:36
Pensioner Pamphlet

Research for pensioner pamphlet continues. (See thread on cheap living guide)

Cost wise, I think our plan of doing 5000 booklet style things is probably beyond our budget. A quote I've got is £615 for an A5 colour with a cover and 8 internal pages. Getting other quotes at the minute.

rich
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Nov 17 2006 13:03

Hmmm... just got another quote: £877 for black and white.

rich
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Nov 17 2006 14:51

A better quote.

> The quote was £270 for 5,000 booklets, with the front /
> back cover a differnet colour paper. Its £10 cheaper if
> it is all white.

What do Norwich Anarchists think of spending this kind of money?

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Nov 18 2006 00:52

I know we have lots of money at the moment, but that's still a lot of money to spend. I guess it might be worth it if you think printing that many will have a huge effect. Do you not think that number is a bit high? Will we even be able to distribute that amount?

£250 sounds like a bargain compared to the others. I guess I'm for it if everyone else is.

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Nov 18 2006 12:31
Coconut man wrote:
I know we have lots of money at the moment, but that's still a lot of money to spend. I guess it might be worth it if you think printing that many will have a huge effect. Do you not think that number is a bit high? Will we even be able to distribute that amount?

It's worth bearing in mind printing fewer might not cost much less...

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Nov 18 2006 12:40

I reckon we'll be able raise about 150+ to cover the costs at the gig in February. We can do another one a little after. If we do a few bars at parties we should raise the other £100.

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Nov 18 2006 13:15

I propose that we contact Help The Aged and Age Concern and other age related charities in an appeal for information that would be of help. I think we also need to be more specific about what we want from the pamphlet.

The best quote I've got for a print run of 5000 pamphlets (3 double sided A4 stapled together) is £270.

Is the pamphlet a self-help guide for pensioners, and encouragement to get the benefits and support that's available? Is it directly fuel poverty related? The details of claiming benefits are beyond the scope of a small pamphlet. Thoughts?

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Nov 21 2006 16:57

Progress so far:

The cover is rough as a badgers arse, so feel free to make suggestions for blurb/design. The plan is to cover benefits as comprehensively as possible: some of the focus however, after my reading I think be about encouragement to claim on the main benefits - I think there is a cutoff point where too much information is offputting to claim. I think it is worth having a page or two on Warm Front and similar schemes.

I welcome any suggestions and criticisms. I'm planning to do the bulk of the work on this on the 22nd Nov so please look at it and comment promptly.

There is a layout and basic design (I knew you'd be thrilled)

General Advice[/] (This is based on research done by the DWP - ways to encourage claiming)

General Advice

* If in doubt, claim. You have nothing to lose and potentially a raise in living standards to gain. You will not be worse off for making a claim.

* Claim now. Most benefits allow backdating, but it is often a lot of hassle or impossible to get this money. So apply as soon as you can.

* It will be most likely be easier to make a claim than you think

* Don’t assume you’re ineligible

* The information in this booklet is only basic, the benefits system is much more complex than it should be. However there is help available in making a claim, both from advisers when you make a claim, and from independent charities and organisations.

[b]One benefit covered: (This will be expanded if there is space to include more examples) This currently covers one page, as I'm keeping text size at 12 point.

Pension Credit
Who’s entitled?
Anyone over the age of 60 with an income below £114.05 if they’re single, or under £174.05 if they have live with someone. Note: this income is based not on your total income, but on specific parts of it. Things counted towards the total include: pensions, earnings, some benefits (such as carer’s allowance). Things not counted include: Attendant’s Allowance, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit & Disability Living Allowance.

What do I get?
Pension Credit will increase your income to a minimum of £114.05 a week if you’re single or £174.05 if you have a partner.
Over 65s may also be entitled to up to an additional £17.88 a week if you’re single or £23.58 a week if you have a partner (this is based on savings you’ve made). You can also backdate your claim, which may mean that you get a lump sum in addition to the weekly increase in income.

Examples:
Someone on a basic state pension of £84.25 would be entitled to an extra £29.80 a week.

How to apply:
You can claim by phone (free) by calling 0800 99 1234, or by textphone on 0800 169 0133 (8.00am to 8.00pm Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 1.00pm Saturday). You can fill in the forms you need over the phone with the help of the advisor.

You can also ask for someone from the Department of Work and Pensions to visit you in person to talk through any claim and to see if you are eligible.

You can claim Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit at the same time.

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Nov 21 2006 17:00

If you hang on a few weeks there's a proper interesting bit of stuff going up in freedom about the latest pension proposals (there was a move to raise the age of the state pension to 68 in the queen's speech)

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Nov 21 2006 20:14

saiiii - we cant really hang on for a few weeks- the weathers cold here already! ( in the grim north as we are)and we need to distribute 5000 of the damn things before people disappear for xmas if poss.
however we do see this as an ongoing campaign so no reason we cant do something else with the new information later.... oh the joys of knowing there'll always be something to spend all our time campaigning about... that queens speech could keep activism in business for about the next 50 years by itself! grrrr.

rich- i like the layout, but im not sure about having our campaign name as the title...? simply because people might expect that its about how to organise, or why people should agitate about it, rather than how to claim benefits. i know the subtitle makes it clearer, but it doesnt say guide to claiming cold-related benefits. do you think it needs to? i dont know. i just think it should be unmuddleable!

small point- is 'end fuel poverty campaign' all in bold or not? two differernt bolds.....

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Nov 21 2006 20:26

Hmm okay.

Agree about the title, only major authors have big name bylines wink. if wanted I could sort out some sort of design at the weekend but that'd probly be fine.

(edited for bitchy-sounding-but-not-meant-that-way comment)

rich
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Nov 21 2006 21:00

I'm mainly focusing on the content at the moment, which is taxing me the most. But here is what an info page looks like:


(That's an A5 page).

I just wanted to keep it simple - nothing too jazzy. If anything in that design leaps out at you Saai then say! You have every right to make full blown bitchy comments!

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Nov 21 2006 21:17

Everything that I stick up here is totally to be scrutinised - and as I say it is very rough at this stage. I can take the End Fuel Poverty bit out of there. No problems.

>i know the subtitle makes it clearer, but it doesnt say guide
>to claiming cold-related benefits. do you think it needs to?
>i dont know. i just think it should be unmuddleable!
Cold related benefits as far as I know are: Winter Fuel Allowance & Cold Weather Payments. In themselves they amount to at most £300 for winter fuel and then £8.50 a week in especially cold weather, which are dwarfed by possible gains from Pension Credit. Both of them, for over 60s, require you (or near as dammit do) to be in receipt of Pension Credit *anyway*, in which case you will get them automatically. What I'm saying in a roundabout way is that the winter benefits don't exist in isolation of the other benefits available. For some people, I think the specifically heat related benefits would be the icing on the cake. So I'm putting in the stuff about pension credit because it is the grounding from where you can get other benefits - but it's also useful information beyond the winter.

End Pensioner Poverty anyone?

>small poi.nt- is 'end fuel poverty campaign' all in bold or
>not? two differernt bolds.....
Your choice!

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Nov 21 2006 22:36

First impressions:

Make the headline on all inside pages much smaller, Pension credit can be half that size. A diferent font (franklin gothic looks alright in that styling) would be good.

If under the same heading, avoid putting in line breaks, just indent new para and maybe bullet point if needed (that'd be 'n' on wingdings I think). Hopefully the space saved will allow you to up the size of the body text font - this is very important if you're going to be giving it to pensioners.

If you're going to have the page number on the last line parallel to text, circle it or somethign to make it clear it's not just a typo.

rich
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Nov 21 2006 22:43

Cheers Si!

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Nov 22 2006 12:16

Well done, looks really good! Do you think if under "How to apply" you've done the phone number in bold, it's a bit odd to not do the text phone number in bold? Have you got a benefits leaflet from the job cantre - maybe copy them on things like that?

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Nov 27 2006 13:23

Here is the updated layout. Cheers Saaaiii! Comments still very welcome on the layout and content. ETA for this to be completed is the self assessment meeting tomorrow. Please don't save criticisms til then. Completed bits will be posted up here for your feedback.

http://www.anarchist.org.uk/wp-content/Preview.jpg

Turnaround for printing the pamphlet will be in the region of a week. We'll have to collect it from near Cambridge. Anyone up for providing car power?

admin - big pic turned to link

rich
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Nov 27 2006 13:28

Here is the new cover. Comments?

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Nov 28 2006 13:11

Hmm quick comments, you probly need gaps between the header titles, and can make up some of that space by not indenting the headers and first lines.

eg (ignore the gibberish, it's for form/indentations etc):

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Nov 28 2006 13:14

Actually yuou can clear a hell of a lot of space by shortening 'Warm Fronts' header to one line:

'Heating grants and rebates' maybe? Again getting rid of the indent'll help there I thnk

rich
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Nov 28 2006 17:31

Cheers Saai!

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Nov 29 2006 19:20

It might just be me, but for some reason "cold related advice" sounds weird...and so does "Also includes...". I'm probably just nitpicking, but i reckon "Including" sounds better, and maybe something else instead of cold related (dunno what tho) - it makes me think it's gonna be about olbas oil and tissues. That wasn't very helpful was it, sorry sad

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Nov 30 2006 14:50

Feedback is always useful, thanks stinkerbell!

Taking it in to be fact checked now: just any corrections and the intro to write. I'll stick it up on the net after corrections as a pdf.

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Dec 1 2006 13:45

Hey people, only a very small contribution but how about intead of "Also includes information on grants and cold related advice"...could be...."includes/including information on grants and other (financial?) advice for winter"
Sorry i haven't been part of the above chat!
PAk cHoi

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Dec 14 2006 00:05

Ere could someone post up the text to this in the briefings section of the EASF Wiki btw? Just cut and paste don't worry about formatting or anything. Also, when is someone going to write something about the Great Commotion (the event, as opposed to the newsletter) for the wiki's regional radical history section? I've been looking around and cannae find anythign online...

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Dec 14 2006 22:11

Its more commonly known as ketts rebellion. There's a page on wiki but its a bit rubbish. I'd write something but i've got essays to do.
If you want better material, JSTOR has online access to most historical (and any other subject) journals.
Username: ueam0469556
Password: pas060786
Its pretty straightforward to search.
'Past & present', 'the historical journal', 'history', 'transactions of the royal society' should all have articles.
Anyone feel free to use the password, its a great resource.

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Dec 18 2006 09:19

Ooh cheers Alex, that'll be useful (though can't c+p them obviously cos of copyright). didn't realise about it being the same thing as Kett's rebellion, we've got something up on the easf wiki as well which is also a bit shite, hopefully people from norwich will show their pride for the bravery of their Norfolk forebears, and expand on it a bit wink.

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Dec 18 2006 16:54

the distribution process has begun in earnest!
so if anyone else has free time over xmas and can do some distribution, not necessarily in norwich but around as well, it would be great if they could contact us. it isnt an unpleasant thing to spend a few hours doing, and its worth it! if ya want to help, email norwichanarchists@hotmail.com.
only 5,000 of them so get your collectors copy...

have a warm and safe midwinter!

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Jan 12 2007 09:52

Yo, so have you guys got this in PDF or html text format or something so we could stick it in our library or organise sections?

it'd be a great addition to our pensions and old age tags
http://libcom.org/tags/pensions
http://libcom.org/tags/old-age

rich
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Jan 14 2007 21:20

It's on a pdf on our website, but it's in funny format - pages all over the place for ease of printing.

It's on the list!

rich
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Jan 18 2007 10:16

This is the link for this:
http://www.anarchist.org.uk/wp-content/end_Fuel_Poverty_Pamphletonline.p...

It has been agreed at a meeting that it's cool for people to use it and change it. If you want me to make edits to it to make it specific to your region, I can do that, but give me some time as I'm occasionally known to be a bit busy with things. Cheers!