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Older people missing from Spring Statement

Published 28/04/2015

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Age Action has expressed its disappointment that older people were largely missing from today’s Spring Statement.

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Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications, said: “Minister Howlin referred to the need to prepare for the increasing numbers of older people in the coming years.

“But older people have been waiting more than two years for a plan to implement the Government’s National Positive Ageing Strategy. There was no sign today of any serious planning to prepare for the future.”

Mr Moran also reacted to the absence of concrete proposals for the state pension:

“The state pension has not increased since January 2009. Energy prices have been rising, prescription charges have spiralled and older people have been hit by an array of new taxes.

“It is disappointing there is nothing substantial from the Government to help those reliant on the pension to make ends meet.”

For more information contact Justin Moran on 087 968 2449

 

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