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Generations Together - Age Action's Intergenerational Programme

How Age-Friendly Are Dublin and Belfast Cities? An intergenerational perspective

Age Action received funding from the Department of the Taoiseach under the Communicating Europe Initiative for the European Year of Citizens to carry out a project in 2013. Following active involvement in the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (EY2012), Age Action in conjunction with Linking Generations Northern Ireland were keen to look at options for creating a lasting legacy for EY2012 whilst also connecting with the European Year of Citizens and taking an all-Ireland approach.

The project carried out a cross-border intergenerational exchange within the theme of Age-Friendliness. The project goals were to foster solidarity between generations, foster cross-border solidarity and to encourage conversation and debate around creating an Age-Friendly Ireland and Europe.

With the issuing of the Manifesto for an Age-Friendly European Union by 2020 by the EY2012 Coalition, the recent signing of the Dublin Declaration which commits cities and counties to be more age-friendly in Ireland and also a similar commitment by Belfast City Council in Northern Ireland, this project was very relevant and timely in terms of raising awareness and highlighting the importance of age friendliness in Ireland and in Europe as a whole.

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How Age-Friendly Are Dublin and Belfast Cities?

European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, 2012

As part of the European Year 2012, Age Action and the National Youth Council collaborated on a Solidarity between Generations Programme where 13 intergenerational projects were funded and supported throughout the year.

This video was filmed at the Solidarity between Generations Showcase on November 28, 2012 where participants of these projects came together to share their learning, experiences and best practice. The showcase was in itself intergenerational with people, young and old, who are involved in intergenerational work creating a graphic harvest piece which shows the foundations of intergenerational work, the people involved, the projects themselves and the benefits and impacts on their communities.

Also, as part of the Showcase we launched the Intergenerational Programmes in Ireland Report which maps intergenerational initiatives which are going on across Ireland. 

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Solidarity Between Generations in Ireland

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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