A. It takes many years and a great deal of voluntary effort to build up an effective pensioners’ association. With major changes having been made to the TRW Pension Scheme in 2014 and with large numbers of us now paid by L&G, it is better to have a strong Association already in place to represent pensioners’ concerns. We are the only well-organised and well-informed group able, on your behalf, to quickly take whatever remedial measures are available. As individual pensioners we are powerless, but as a large network of pensioners we can be AWARE, have a VOICE and be INVOLVED.
Q: Who appoints the Council of the Association and how are they elected?
A: (See our Constitution) All Council members are volunteers who have personally offered their services or have been nominated by other members. So far we have never had more volunteers than the number of Council places (16). If ever we are in that happy position we will hold elections and let our members decide on the best candidates. We now also ask members annually for a formal mandate for the current Council members and an opportunity to propose new Council members. We are always open to suggestions from the membership as to how we can improve the way we operate
Q: Does the Association have a 'home'? Does it have an address and telephone number? Where do meetings take place?
A: The Association is presently 'of no fixed abode' and any meetings that may be called are held wherever it best suits those attending. The Association does have an address from where mail can be collected. This is 28, Knighton Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B74 4NX
Q: Are there any local branches of the Association?
A; At the moment, the answer is no, but let us know if you are interested in forming one and we will try to provide some help. If you have a Lucas/TRW pensioners social group in your area, we would be happy to discuss some form of affiliation
A: We are mainly dependent on word of mouth and to talking to groups of pensioners who meet socially. In 2008 we began sponsoring pensioners’ reunions in various locations throughout the country. We always welcome suggestions as to how we might contact those pensioners who we are not reaching. We have no access to the TRW Plan or L&G membership records and are never likely to, because of the data protection laws.
Q: If I join the association as a member, will I be committing myself to any future costs in addition to my joining fee?
A: No. Membership and Associate membership is now completely free. As announced in our November 2016 newsletter, the LTPA Council believes that the Association now has sufficient funds to continue for the foreseeable future.
Q: Can the Association help me with my personal problems relating to my pension?
Q: Will I be able to locate 'lost' Lucas/TRW friends from my days when I was previously employed at Lucas or TRW.
A: Again, this is not the purpose of the Association. Its objectives are purely to do what it can, when it can, to help protect retirement benefits. We don’t reveal member’s email addresses, but you can try to contact them via our website. We will then forward your message and it is up to them whether they choose to reply to you. Should this lead to any problems, please contact us.
If you have any other questions about joining or the running of the Lucas/TRW Pensioners Association, please contact us.
Normally one of our Council members will try to give you a direct response. At the very least it will help us to see where we need to add to or amend what is already on these information pages.