HP Pension Association
Volume 1, Newsletter 2 May 2011
We last wrote to you in December last year, and quite a bit has happened since then - most of it good, but some of it not so good. Once again, there is quite a bit of content in the newsletter, and we would appreciate you taking the time to read it all.
Steering Group and Advisory Board

Following our appeal, two new members have volunteered to join the steering group, and it now consists of:

David Bell - ex-Digital, Richard Lucas - ex-HP, Steve Spillane - ex-Digital, Roger Wass - ex-HP and Ian Young - ex-Digital.

These are the folks who make the week to week Decisions on what we are doing.

We are also very pleased to welcome Alan Furniss and Scott McLean - both ex-HP General Managers, and
Geoff Shingles - ex-Digital CEO, to act as our Advisory Board in our dealings with Hewlett-Packard.

Pension Increases

Once again, Digital retirees with pre-97 qualifying pension years, and HP retirees with pre-88 qualifying pension years, have received no increase this year. Quite a number of people have contacted us, expressing their frustration. We will be contacting HP in the next few weeks, at several levels in the company, but we would particularly like to hear from ex-HP retirees who are significantly affected by what is happening. If you know of people who are affected, and who are not members of HPPA, please ask them to join us - the more people and information we have, the better..

Employee Purchase Plan

Quite a few people have purchased equipment and supplies, and you can sign up for regular updates on the EPP website. There were some really good offers in April, with free delivery on offer, but we would stress that you should always check around to see whether other retailers are discounting heavily, to shift stock. Remember, the access details are on the HPPA website.

General Discounts

This is the area where we have made least progress. We had expected to be able to access the HP internal discount program but, for several reasons, that has not been possible. We did an impromptu survey of HP UK employees, and the results indicated that we are not missing much, so we are now working with some folks in the US, to see what corporate deals could be offered over here. Whilst we are doing that, you might try signing up to www.moneysavingexpert.com  where you will find a whole community dedicated to shaving percentages off every purchase imaginable, including utilities! The site is run by Martin Lewis, who talks regularly on BBC radio, and you can sign up for a monthly newsletter - registration is free. Remember you can still make huge savings on software using the offer to be found on the HPPA website. We would welcome any ideas on how to develop this area - feedback to ian.young@hppa.org.uk

This is our area of greatest progress, and we are now talking to both Corporate and UK management about retirees joining in with company schemes, and proposing our own charities and organisations for support by HP.

Hewlett Packard has made a high level decision to encourage employee volunteering throughout the world, both as a personal development tool for the people involved, and to improve the image of the company through helping good causes.

In the UK, HP has joined Business in the Community, which is an charitable organisation dedicated to encouraging companies to help the disadvantaged, and to help develop individuals in those companies.

HP will now be sponsoring a "Give and Gain Day" in the Bracknell/Reading area, probably involving local schools. The projects have not yet been finalised, but HP has offered HPPA retirees a place on each of five teams of ten - five in total. The objective for retirees would be to help the teams develop their plans, and to use their experience to achieve the goals for the day. see www.giveandgainday.org.uk  for more information.

We will be coming back to you with the specifics soon, but if you would like to register interest, please contact 
 steve.spillane@hppa.org.uk ,   


And Finally

If you want to change your email address, please look at the bottom of any mail from us, and you will see a link to "unsubscribe and manage" - change your address using that link, rather than email one of us!

Once again, all feedback to
   or   ian.young@hppa.org.uk

Best Regards,

HP Pension Association


  • Steering Group and Advisory Board
  • Pension Increases
  • Employee Purchase Plan
  • General Discounts
  • Volunteering
  • EDS



We have been in discussions with the EDS Trustees, and they will send out an HPPA welcome letter with the EDS Trustees' newsletter. We are very grateful to Paul Kellerd and the Trustees for doing this for us, and we hope to be joined by a significant number of new members during May.


The username for www.hppa.org.uk is   hpway  and the password is toplay   These can also be used on the US website.


HP Pension Association


An Airliner

At a recent software engineering management course in the US, the participants were given an awkward question to answer. "If you had just boarded an airliner and discovered that your team of programmers had been responsible for the flight control software how many of you would disembark immediately?"

Among the ensuing forest of raised hands, only one man sat motionless. When asked what he would do, he replied that he would be quite content to stay onboard.

With his team's software, he said, the plane was unlikely to even taxi as far as the runway, let alone take off.