Our History

The Old Age Pension was the first state pension in the UK. The first pension payments were made in January 1909 to approximately half a million people aged 70 or older. It was five shillings (equivalent to about 25p) a week. Married couples received a higher pension of seven shillings and six pence (equivalent to about 62.5p) a week.

Retired postal workers established local groups of pensioners to maintain contact with old friends
and colleagues through regular organised social events. At the beginning these groups mostly consisted of retired staff and were called Retired Officers Associations (ROAs). In 1927 the idea of a national organisation emerged and the Federation's conception was born.

The labour government at the time reduced pensions and there were protests in Westminster attended by over 1,000 post office pensioners. Following these events the constitution for a 'National Federation of Post Office and Other Civil Service Veterans' was drafted with the objects of:

1. Holding regular meetings for social purposes
2. Taking necessary steps to protect pensioners' rights
3. Emphasis on the autonomy of each affiliated organisation, known as 'branches'.

The new federation continued to grow and at this time had 54 'branches' and 5,500 members.
By 1988 membership figures were at 105, 000.

A Welfare Fund was set up after an initial £5,000 donation by the Post Office in order to provide financial support to members in need. This was completely funded by fellow members and still exists today. Members today can apply for a grant from the fund for items such as replacement white goods and home adaptations.

As GPO became the separate entities of the Post Office and British Telecom the name evolved to become the National Federation of Royal Mail and BT Pensioners. The federation had it's first proper premises in Luton.

Membership records and the finances started to be computerised. The campaign fund was established, the welfare fund was registered as a charity and the fund's lottery club was launched.

The first website for the organisation was introduced in 2002 and continued support and help post-work was something that other occupational pensioner groups were looking for, which led to the Federation merging with the National Association of British Steel Pensioners in 2004.

As other occupational pensioners continued to show interest and join the organisation, the name was changed to reflect this continued growth, and it is now known as the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners (NFOP). Membership is now open to anyone with a company pension.

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