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Age Action response to Budget 2018

Published 10/10/2017


Age Action, Ireland’s leading advocacy organisation for older people, has welcomed the increase in the State Pension and other incomes supports for older people announced in today’s budget.

Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications, said: “An increase in the State Pension was the top priority for our members in Budget 2018.

“After years of cuts, new taxes and rising prices we’re very pleased the Government is delivering on the commitments it made to restore the incomes of Ireland’s pensioners.”

However, the organisation expressed its disappointment at the decision to delay the pension increase to the end of March and the failure to reverse the 2012 pension cuts.

Justin Moran continued: “It is disappointing the pension increase is again delayed, especially when it is needed in January and February to help pay heating bills.

“We had also hoped to see progress on reversing the 2012 cut to the State Pension which punished tens of thousands of older people for taking time out of the workforce to care for their families.” 

Telephone & Fuel Allowance

Justin Moran continued: “We’re delighted to see the partial restoration of the Telephone Allowance.

“This was abolished during the recession causing a great deal of frustration and hardship for pensioners on low incomes.

“The Government’s decision to partially restore the allowance, and to commit to an increase in the Fuel Allowance as well, is a sign that it is working to keep older people out of poverty.”


Justin Moran said: “Homecare in Ireland is in crisis. Almost 5,000 people are on waiting lists. Home help hours and home care packages are simply not available in many parts of the country.

“It’s worrying that we heard nothing so far about additional resources for homecare and we’ll be hoping the Minister for Health addresses this later on.

“No new funding means more older people forced unnecessarily into nursing homes, more families struggling to cope without home helps and more pressure on carers.”

Prescription charges

Justin Moran continued: Prescription charges increased by 500 per cent during the recession. It is a tax on the sick and the least well-off that affects older people the most as they are more likely to have multiple prescriptions.

“The slight reduction in the cap on the Sick Tax announced today is good news that will help a little to alleviate the financial pressure on older people with health problems but it must be a step towards the abolition of a cruel and unnecessary tax.” 


Age Action Ireland to benefit from Gas Networks Ireland Survey

Age Action is to benefit from a Gas Networks Ireland initiative. Customers will recieve a txt message from Gas Networks in relation to recent gas meter installations requesting feedback on their experience. Every feedback received will see a €2 donation made to Age Action. There is no obligation to participate.


How It Works

If you've had your gas meter recently replaced by Gas Networks Ireland, you may receive a message from Marie Lyster, their Customer Experience Manager. This message is an invitation to share your feedback, but please remember, your participation is entirely voluntary. Here's what the message will look like:

Message from Gas Networks Ireland:

“You recently had your gas meter replaced by us. Please take a minute to tell us how you got on by clicking on the link below. Your feedback is important to us, helping us to improve our services. There is no obligation to participate, but should you choose to do so, on receipt of your response, we will donate €2 to Age Action Ireland.

Many thanks, Marie Lyster, Customer Experience Manager"


By providing feedback – only if you choose to – you'll be supporting Age Action Ireland. For every piece of feedback received, Gas Networks Ireland will donate €2 to our organisation. This contribution can support our efforts to improve the lives of older people in Ireland.

For more information about our work and other ways to get involved with Age Action, please click here