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Government should live up to the provisions of the European Pillar on Social Rights

Published 26/10/2017

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Age Action, The ICA and the NWCI hope that the Government live up to the agreed text of The Interinstitutional Proclamation on the European Pillar of Social Rights as agreed by the Council of Ministers of Employment, Social Policy and Consumer Affairs in Luxembourg on 23 October 2017.  

This Proclamation includes a commitment to equality of pension rights; Principle No 15 states:

a) Workers and the self-employed in retirement have the right to a pension commensurate to their contributions and ensuring an adequate income. Women and men shall have equal opportunities to acquire pension rights.

b) Everyone in old age has the right to resources that ensure living in dignity.”

The present Government is failing to achieve both goals in a variety of ways but particularly in relation to their refusal to tackle State Pension Inequities made worse by the changes introduced in 2012. 

A good indication of their commitment to the Pillar would be the reversal of these changes in the forthcoming Finance Bill. 

Signed by:

Marie O’Toole,                                  John Church                       Orla O’Connor

National President ICA                    CEO Age Action                  Director NWCI

 

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Age Action Calls for €23 Increase in the State Pension

Budget 2023 Credit Frederica Aban

(Tuesday 26 July 2022) 

Budget 2023 – No Ordinary Budget for Extraordinary Times

Age Action Calls for €23 Increase in the State Pension

Age Action, Ireland’s leading advocacy organisation on ageing and older persons, is calling for a €23 increase in the State Pension saying that Budget 2023 cannot be an ordinary budget. Age Action argues that Budget 2023 needs to deliver an evidence-based increase in the State Pension that is poverty-proofed and equality-proofed – a €23 increase in the State Pension is the minimum amount required to maintain the State Pension’s spending power. The reality of high price inflation is that the full rate contributory State Pension will lose €22.80 in spending power in 2022 and will further lose spending power in 2023 as inflation will still be high.