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Age Action Care and Repair

Age Action's Care and Repair programme carries out minor repairs for older and vulnerable people free of charge, to give them access to reliable tradesmen for larger jobs and to provide a befriending service.

Getting Started Computer Training | Age Action

As part of our fight against digital exclusion, Age Action's Getting Started Computer Training programme delivers one-to-one training on computers, tablets and smartphones to people over the age of 55 all over Ireland

Age Action | Elder Abuse

Are you concerned about elder abuse? We work hard to raise awareness about this issue and to help people affected

Information Service | Age Action Ireland

We have trained information officers providing information over the phone, email and social media on issues facing older people.

Age Action | Lifelong Learning | U3A

U3A is a learning circle or cooperative. Members learn from one another by sharing knowledge and experiences and engaging in shared activities.

Older People | Travel Passes | Ireland | Age Action

Our Advocacy team works hard to give a voice to older people, and ensure that their rights are always on the Government agenda.

Ageing and Development Programme | Age Action

The Ageing & Development programme works on global ageing and issues facing older people in developing countries.

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Did Budget 2020 Take Steps Towards a Fairer Society for an Ageing Population?

 

The Government's Budget 2020 choices did not include measures to address the inequalities faced by older people living in Ireland who are family members and contributors to our communities. Budget 2020 did not offer the majority of older people the support they need to meet the rising cost of living that is anticipated by the impacts of Brexit and it did not offer a concrete plan to support us to age in place.

 

Equality for older people requires the re-distribution of resources; power and influence; status and standing; and respect.  While the Government has increased some secondary benefits with the view to targeting people in the most vulnerable situations, which is a sensible approach, it has to be acknowledged that if people had adequate income to meet the true cost of ageing, they would be able to have choice over how to spend their money to best meet their specific needs.

The net affect of Budget 2020 on the income of older person headed households is;

  • Those under 80 and living with another person are €1.08 better off per week following Budget 2020 and have seen a weekly increase of €11.68 since 2009

 

  • For those under 80 and living alone, they are €6.08 better off per week following Budget 2020, and have seen a weekly increase of €20.48 on 2009 income

 

  • For those over 80 and living with another person, their weekly income has risen by €1.08 in Budget 2020, and €11.68 since 2009

 

  • For those over 80 and living alone, they are better off by €6.08 per week following Budget 2020, and €20.48 since 2009.

 

Some people who are over 80 are people in the most vulnerable situations in our society with no capacity to increase their income while dealing with the increasing cost of ageing. A person over 80, not living alone, received €1.08 per week to cope with Brexit, the carbon tax increase and the rising cost of living in 2020. It is on the backs of these people that our economy has been built: these are the same women and men who lived through the Marriage Bar, shouldered several recessions and are now dealing with the accumulated disadvantages. In working for equality, it is critical that we focus on equality of outcomes not just equality of opportunity.