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Gender and the State Pension

In 2012, changes introduced to the eligibility criteria for the State Pension (Contributory) made it increasingly difficult to obtain the top weekly payment rate. These changes had a disproportionate impact of women pensioners. Age Action published research on this issue in February 2017 highlighting the impact of these changes.

Older People's Care Preferences

In 2016 we published our research with colleagues in the Irish Association of Social Workers, the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice in UCD on older people's preference for care.

Older People's experience of outpatient services in Age Action West

In 2014 members of the Galway Glor group carried out a survey of older people's experience of outpatient services in Age Action West. This report highlights the findings of this research.

Older People’s Understandings of Elder Abuse

In 2011, Age Action was the co-author of a report on older people's understanding of elder abuse. The research conducted as part of this report was carried out by older people themselves who were engaged in this project as peer researchers.

Gender Discrimination and Age

Written in collaboration with Age Action Ageing and Development team, this booklet highlights the issues affecting older women in Ireland and the Global South.

The Impact of Auserity on Older People's Experience of Poverty

To mark the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 17th October 2014 we published this booklet which highlights the impact that austerity has had on older people's experience of poverty and social exclusion.

Rural Poverty

In collaboration with Age Action's Ageing and Development programme we published this short booklet on the experience of rural poverty and social exclusion in Ireland and developing countries to mark the UN Interational Day for the Eradication of Poverty 17th October 2015.

Age Action Calls for €9 per week Rise In Old Age Pension in Budget 2020

Organisation also proposes that Government commission research on the Cost of Ageing to ensure policy meets needs of ageing population

Age Action, the advocacy organisation for older people, has called for the state’s Old Age Pension to increase by €9 per week in Budget 2020. The call was made at today’s Pre-Budget Forum, which is being organised by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and is being held in Dublin Castle’s Conference Centre.

Celine Clarke, Age Action’s Head of Advocacy and Communications, said that a €9 increase in the weekly Old Age Pension would be a key step in building towards the Government’s own commitment that the pension should be set at 35% of average weekly earnings.

“The National Pensions Framework was published almost 10 years ago and it committed the Government to benchmarking the Old Age Pension at 35% of average weekly earnings. In order to move the current pension payment towards the delivery of that target, we are calling on the Government to increase the weekly pension payment by €9,” Celine Clarke said.

Ms Clarke provided additional context to Age Action’s call for a €9 per week pension rise, when she explained that in 2009, the weekly income for pensioners depending on the State – when all the benefits were added together – was €265.44, this year it’s €273.63 – only €7.89 higher than it was higher than it was 10 years ago. 

“While pensions have increased by a welcome €5 per week over the last few years, there is no clear and transparent formula informing these increases, and Ireland is also unusual in setting the pension rate in the budget every year. Age Action is urging the Government to consider applying a triple lock formula for pension increases – namely, guaranteeing that the basic State pension will rise by a minimum of either 2.5%, the rate of inflation or average earnings growth, whichever is the larger.”

In addition to the proposals on pension increases, Age Action is also calling for:

  • The commissioning of research by Government on the Cost of Ageing to inform the development of policy so that the country can meet the needs of our ageing population – a similar exercise has been carried out in relation to the Cost of Disability;
  • Increase the income threshold for all means-tested benefits in line with increases to the Old Age Pension and secondary benefits;
  • Increase the Living Alone Allowance by €5 per week;
  • Increase the Fuel Allowance rate by €2.35 and reintroduce a 32-week payment period.

Pre-Budget Submission to Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

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