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Government promise on Christmas bonus falls short

Published 14/09/2015

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While Age Action welcomed this morning’s commitment from Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton to partially restore the Christmas bonus, the organisation warned that it falls far short of what is needed to restore the incomes of Ireland’s older people.

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Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications at Age Action, said: “Any restoration of income is welcome and will help hard-pressed pensioners.

“But the reality is that older people have lost more than €13 a week from their limited incomes since 2009. The State Pension has stagnated. Prescription charges have increased by 500 per cent. Home help and home care supports have been cut. 

“Stacked against this, a partial restoration of the Christmas bonus will not, by itself, make a significant difference for older people.

“We need to see more in next month’s budget, a genuine attempt to restore the incomes of pensioners that will help to stimulate the economy and funding for home supports to enable older people to stay at home as long as possible.”

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Call for Voices of Older People to be Heard

Age Action welcomes relaxation of some cocooning measures but criticises lack of consultation with older people.

 

 

(1 May) Age Action called for the Government to consult with older people as it plans for the longer-term impacts of Covid-19. To date, public health and Government advice has treated the over 70 age cohort as one. As a single age cohort people over the age of 70 have been subject to public health measures but not enabled to participate in the decision-making process that would ensure that their lived experience and their self-identified needs informs the outcome.