Thornbury shoppers praised for charity shop support

Gazette Series: Steve Webb MP and Teresa Dovey along with volunteer helpers at the Thornbury British Heart Foundation shop Steve Webb MP and Teresa Dovey along with volunteer helpers at the Thornbury British Heart Foundation shop

THORNBURY’S residents have been praised for their support of the many charity shops in the region.

Thornbury and Yate MP Steve Webb visited the town’s British Heart Foundation shop, where he met staff and volunteers and saw behind the scenes how donations from the public are sorted and priced.

The BHF shop alone raises around £90,000 a year towards research into heart conditions and has more than 30 volunteers.

On the day of Mr Webb’s visit, these included a local teenager as well as a number of retired people.

Mr Webb said:"I am always struck when I am invited to visit a charity shop by how

professionally they are run.

“These shops depend on people giving their time to help out behind the scenes, on donations of items to sell and on the public who spend their money in the stores.

“I am grateful to everyone who does their bit to helpraise large amounts for good causes."

Manager of the Thornbury shopTeresa Dovey said: "Having lived in Thornbury for many years, I very much enjoy being able to run a local shop which does such a lot to help fund vital research.

“I am grateful to all the volunteers who give their time and expertise so unselfishly, as well as to everyone who brings in items to sell and everyone who comes in to the shop.

“All of this voluntary effort makes a big difference".

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3:45pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Freda Piles says...

The BHF shop volunteers can be justly proud of their contribution to the charity which is such a good cause. What a pity though that the Pensions Minister Steve Webb cannot be seen to be as charitable because he condones the deprivation of the annual increases to over 500,000 pensioners (about 4%) who have chosen to live in mostly the Commonwealth countries in order to join their families who are there, many from their service career abroad and later civilian occupation. No charity is being asked for but equality and the removal of the discrimination being shown to them by the government's own regulation that imposes this harsh treatment when all have paid the same contributions throughout their working life as the rest (96%) who do get the uprated pension. Some are receiving less than 10 pounds a week when they should be getting the going rate. The new Pensions Bill to simplify the pension system has clause 20 included which is designed to continue this pension theft and if the residents of Thornbury and Yate were to ask him about it , he would have to agree if he is honest and we all want an honest MP don't we ? We thought we had one when he said that this policy was discriminative and irrational and raised an Early Day Motion in parliament to scrap it and play fair. How wrong we were.
The BHF shop volunteers can be justly proud of their contribution to the charity which is such a good cause. What a pity though that the Pensions Minister Steve Webb cannot be seen to be as charitable because he condones the deprivation of the annual increases to over 500,000 pensioners (about 4%) who have chosen to live in mostly the Commonwealth countries in order to join their families who are there, many from their service career abroad and later civilian occupation. No charity is being asked for but equality and the removal of the discrimination being shown to them by the government's own regulation that imposes this harsh treatment when all have paid the same contributions throughout their working life as the rest (96%) who do get the uprated pension. Some are receiving less than 10 pounds a week when they should be getting the going rate. The new Pensions Bill to simplify the pension system has clause 20 included which is designed to continue this pension theft and if the residents of Thornbury and Yate were to ask him about it , he would have to agree if he is honest and we all want an honest MP don't we ? We thought we had one when he said that this policy was discriminative and irrational and raised an Early Day Motion in parliament to scrap it and play fair. How wrong we were. Freda Piles
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9:01am Mon 16 Jun 14

RobtheFox says...

Judgıng from the pıcture my hope ıs that the volunteers at BHF were able to fınd hım some better fıttıng clothes before he left!

Freda Piles, when I read your comment I thought I must have a lıterary doppelganger.

You have summed up the totally disgraceful piece of government legislation perfectly. Steve "goalposts on wheels" Webb has described this non indexing to 4% of all UK pensioners world wide as an anomaly even when promoting clause 20 which will penalise newcomers to the scheme . His defence in the Scrutiny Committee debates on this clause of the Pension Act was utterly pathetic and based on quite inaccurate informatıon - as he knew at the time.

He is also on record as referring to the exıistıng regulation 3 under which existıng overseas pensiones are currently similarly victimised as irrelevant, illogıcal and irrational....

Given his penchant for robbing the frozen pensioner I hope that the BHF till balanced at the end of the day...............!
Judgıng from the pıcture my hope ıs that the volunteers at BHF were able to fınd hım some better fıttıng clothes before he left! Freda Piles, when I read your comment I thought I must have a lıterary doppelganger. You have summed up the totally disgraceful piece of government legislation perfectly. Steve "goalposts on wheels" Webb has described this non indexing to 4% of all UK pensioners world wide as an anomaly even when promoting clause 20 which will penalise newcomers to the scheme . His defence in the Scrutiny Committee debates on this clause of the Pension Act was utterly pathetic and based on quite inaccurate informatıon - as he knew at the time. He is also on record as referring to the exıistıng regulation 3 under which existıng overseas pensiones are currently similarly victimised as irrelevant, illogıcal and irrational.... Given his penchant for robbing the frozen pensioner I hope that the BHF till balanced at the end of the day...............! RobtheFox
  • Score: 4

5:04pm Mon 16 Jun 14

janeybird says...

Is that the same Steve Webb who has robbed the pensioners and let down the frozen 4%? This man has no credibility and needs to polish up his CV as soon he will be out of work....but then he has his gold plated inflation proof ring fenced pension, paid for by the taxpayers, to look forward to. And he does not need to work 35-40 years to get it.
Is that the same Steve Webb who has robbed the pensioners and let down the frozen 4%? This man has no credibility and needs to polish up his CV as soon he will be out of work....but then he has his gold plated inflation proof ring fenced pension, paid for by the taxpayers, to look forward to. And he does not need to work 35-40 years to get it. janeybird
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