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New CSO pension figures worrying

Published 30/05/2016


Age Action has described figures published by the CSO this afternoon that indicate pension coverage among workers has fallen to 47 per cent as ‘deeply worrying’. The organisation has called for a renewed emphasis from the Government on protecting the State Pension.

Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications at Age Action, said: “The fall in pension coverage revealed by today’s CSO figures is deeply worrying.

“It’s particularly concerning to see that coverage among workers aged between 20 and 24 is at just 14 per cent and that the CSO’s figures show that two in five workers say they simply cannot afford a private pension.

“Today’s report shows the State Pension system will be even more important in the years to come as workers increasingly come to rely on it.

“Ensuring a fair, sustainable, State Pension, one that enables older people to live with dignity and independence, must be a priority for the new Government.”


A Fair Society for All? Listening to the Voices of Older People

Often, inequalities experienced by older people reflect an accumulated disadvantage which can be as a result of factors such as socio-economic status, health, gender, location. How existing inequalities impact on us as we age is something we in Age Action explored through a panel discussion 10 September – A Fair Society For All? Listening to the Voice of Older People – in Croke Park, on the occasion of the Annual General Meeting 2019.

An audience of over 160 people, including members of Age Action and people working in the ageing sector, joined the conversatoin which included a panel disucssion moderated by the CEO Paddy Connolly. The discussion centred on a discussion paper, Equality for All - Older People for Equality, published by Age Action in advance.The  panel set the scene with inputs from Michael Taft, Economist and political economy columnist, Colette Bennett, Policy Analyst Social Justice Ireland, Deirdre Garvey, CEO The Wheel, Ailbhe Smith, Co-Director of Together for Yes.