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Age Action and the ICA welcomes Dáil vote on 2012 pensions

Published 19/10/2017

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Age Action and the ICA welcomes today’s decision by the Dáil to call for the changes introduced in 2012 to the State Pension system to be reversed. 

Today’s decision will add to the growing pressure for pension entitlements to be restored to older people denied them by changes designed to save money at the expense of older people. 

These changes have meant at least 37,000 older people, 62 per cent of whom are women, have been forced to live on reduced State Pensions, many experiencing great hardship. 

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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.