You are here

Hands Off Our Travel Passes

Hands Off Our Travel Passes

Age Action launched its Hands Off Our Travel Passes campaign on June 25, 2014, and ended the campaign on July 14, 2014.

The campaign was run amid concerns that a major review of the travel pass scheme, which had been on-going since 2012, was due to report.  Its terms of reference may have resulted in negative changes to this important support for older people. 

The decision to wind down the campaign was taken following the publication on July 11 of the Government's statement of priorities for 2014-16.  It included the commitment by the Government to the "full retention" of the travel pass scheme.

For more details of the campaign read on below.

Older People | Travel Passes | Ireland | Age Action

The travel passes which older people are entitled to in the Republic of Ireland are a highly valued and important support.  They enable older people to live with dignity and independence.  We vigorously oppose plans to negatively alter the scheme. 

The Government is currently reviewing the travel pass scheme and a decision is expected in the near future.  It is considering one of three changes:

  • To introduce an annual charge for the travel pass
  • To limit the times at which it can be used
  • To restrict the forms of transport on which it can be used

We have surveyed 500 of our members across Ireland who have told us how important their travel passes are for carrying out everyday tasks such as getting their shopping, collecting their pensions, attending medical appointments, visiting family and friends, social activities.

Significantly, without their travel passes they said they would not be able to attend medical/health appointments (57%), shop (55%), carry out personal journeys (eg to the bank or post office, 43%) or visit family or friends (61%).

Click here for further survey findings and for a more detailed briefing document about the travel pass scheme.

How you can help?

This campaign aims to rally political support to protect  the travel pass scheme.  We need your help to get the support of our 166 TDs.  We are asking every TD, Senator and councillor to confirm their support to protect the travel pass scheme from any negative changes.  They can confirm their support in two ways:

Email handsoff@ageaction.ie , stating their name and constituency;

Each week we will provide an updated list of who is supporting the campaign.

IF YOUR TD, SENATOR OR COUNCILLOR IS NOT ON THAT LIST, ASK THEM WHY!

You can also spread the word about the campaign by downloading, printing and distributing the campaign poster.

You can also follow and support this campaign on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

We need YOUR support to protect the travel pass for older people. Thanks!

For further queries please email handsoff@ageaction.ie

 

Raising the Roof - Homes for All Ages

Raise the Roof Rally for Housing 18 May

Preparing to Raise the Roof

Age Action, motivated by intergenerational solidarity, is joining the Raise the Roof campaign to tackle the continuing housing crisis that is affecting people of all ages.  People are being mobilised through trade unions and community organisations, to stage a major national rally on the housing crisis under the banner of Raise the Roof, in Dublin on Saturday May 18.

When people take an interest in what is happening in their local community, seek solutions to problems and initiate improvements they are being active citizens. Community is the foundational building block of society and housing is fundamental to community. Ireland’s housing crisis is rightly dominating public discourse as it undermines our ability to live with dignity as part of a community.  Ireland’s changing demographic brings with it a changing demand for homes that meet the needs of an ageing population.

The Government’s failure to deliver on a whole of Government approach to ageing and provide good quality social housing to meet demand has resulted in older people feeling subjected to negative, ageist language about their needs and wishes for suitable housing and health supports as is evidenced in the narrative on ‘down-sizing’ or ‘right-sizing’.

In the 60s and 70s the State implemented policies to support owner occupation of housing. People on lower incomes were able to buy their own homes which went some way to addressing wealth inequalities. According to Professor Tony Fahey, writing in Social Justice Ireland’s book ‘From Here to Where?’, by the year 2000 even low-income households owned substantial housing wealth and were less disadvantaged by inequalities in housing wealth than they were by inequalities in income.

Most of the growing population of young private renters today grew up in homes that were owned by their parents. Prof Fahey identified the essential features of secure long-term housing as being affordable, and having secure tenure. As he says, “today’s private rented housing has neither of these features”.

Looking at the future needs of an ageing population, for those aged 50-54 almost 10% were renting from private landlords at the time of Census 2016. It can be assumed that these people will continue in the rental market beyond their working years which leaves them in a vulnerable situation.

We encourage any and all of you who can to be active citizens and march with us on Saturday May 18 in a show of intergenerational solidarity. We will be gathering at 1pm at Parnell Square. You will find us behind an Age Action banner. At 2pm we will march down O'Connell Street towards Custom House Quay and join the Rally for Housing (location to be confirmed) by 3pm.

For more information about the campaign visit www.raisetheroof.ie

 

 

You might be due a tax refund

 

 

Revenue wants to make sure that everyone knows about the tax credits, reliefs and exemptions they are entitled to. Revenue wrote to some people recently telling them that they might be entitled to a tax refund going back as far as 2014.
If you think that you might also be due a tax refund for the year 2014, you need to submit a claim to Revenue before midnight on 31 December 2018. If you don’t want to miss out, submit your claim to Revenue before then.