Tony Lynes worked in the field of social security and pensions for over 40 years. After qualifying and working as a Chartered Accountant, he was employed as assistant to Professor Richard Titmuss at the London School of Economics from 1958 to 1965, became the first full-time secretary of the Child Poverty Action Group in 1966, and was a social security adviser to Labour Secretaries of State from 1974 to 1979.
His past publications include books and pamphlets on pensions, the Penguin Guide to Supplementary Benefits, and a weekly column on benefits in New Society and the New Statesman. Until 1997 he assisted Labour shadow social security ministers and he claims to have drafted more (and better) amendments to social security bills than anyone else, alive or dead. In more recent years he was an adviser to the National Pensioners Convention and has worked with pensioners’ groups in Southwark (south-east London). He was a founder member of the Southwark Explorers Club, which organises weekly outings for older people, and of the Welcome Singers, an over-50s choir which meets at the Southwark Pensioners Centre.
In his “retirement”, with fellow-volunteer Peter Smith, he helped to administer the CYM Library (the Community and Youth Music Library), which lends sets of choral, orchestral and band music to schools and amateur music groups in all parts of the UK. He remains a director of the Library but is no longer actively involved in its work.