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Why support Age Action?

One of the biggest challenges we face at Age Action is the raising of funds to continue our work with older people and their carers.

Age Action is a national charity, which works to improve the quality of life of all older people, especially those who are most disadvantaged and vulnerable. Through our programmes and campaigns we work to enable them to live full, independent and satisfying lives. We also work closely to support the carers of older people.

Although the number of older people in Ireland is growing steadily, many face considerable difficulties such as the threat of poverty, age discrimination and inadequate access to quality services such as community care, the health services and rural transport. Age Action is working at local level with groups of older people, while also campaigning at national level to influence policy makers to address these problems.

Your support will help us to:

  • Roll out our “Care and Repair” project, which carries out small repairs to older people’s homes and also operates a home visitation service.
  • Expand our “Getting Started” programme, which trains older people to use computers and the Internet.
  • Promote our “Dignity in Care” programme, which promotes the value and importance of dignity in care settings, improving the quality of care for older people.
  • Further develop our “University of the Third Age (U3A)” network, which supports the establishment of groups of older people for educational and social get-togethers.
  • Provide information about rights and entitlements to the thousands of callers who contact our “Information Service” each year.

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Tax Relief on Donations

Are you interested in donating more than €250 in one calendar year? If so, you are eligible to tax relief on that donation.

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.