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Pension delay would be very disappointing

Published 10/10/2016

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“A delay in paying increases to Social Welfare recipients would be both reprehensible and disappointing, say Age Action”

Age Action is shocked at the suggestion that any increase in the State Pension might be delayed. Any such delay would be very disappointing and a blow to some of the most vulnerable in society, those dependent on our social and health systems. 

 

Contact Gerard Scully 01 4756989  

Note to Editors:

Here are Age Actions key requests for Budget 2017

1. Increase the weekly State Pension by €5 per week, in line with the commitment made in the Fine Gael manifesto, to continue to restore real value to this important payment and to build towards achieving the Government’s objective of a State Pension set at 35 per cent of average weekly earnings [Cost: €130 million].

2. Restore the Fuel Allowance and the full Telephone Allowance and the over the next two budgets. In Budget 2017 we recommend extending the Fuel Allowance scheme by four weeks and reversing the October 2013 cut to the Telephone Allowance. Budget 2018 should reintroduce the full Telephone Allowance [Cost: €83 million].

3. Increase home help hours and reverse the decline in the quality of the service by providing an additional 4.1 million hours to ensure a service that meets the diverse needs of a growing number of older people. [Cost: €73.8 million].

4. Remove the prescription charge for medical card holders [Cost: €120 million].

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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.