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Inform Your Vote - What do the manifestos say about Ageing Better?

Published 03/02/2020

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Ageing Better Campaign -Putting Older People at the Heart of the Next Government: Priorities for Election 2020 What do the Manifestos Tell Us?

Manifesto Tracker

Age Action has reviewed the manifestos published by 31 January of the political parties who had sittings TDs in the last Government, for policy positions most directly relevant to older people. While the summary is not exhaustive, we hope it helps to inform your vote but we are not promoting one political party over another; how you vote is for you to decide.

The last Government has failed to adequately plan for our changing population. As a result many older people are in precarious and vulnerable situations, with groups living on an inadequate income and without access to the healthcare, housing or supports that they need.

As the population demographic in Ireland is changing, the next government has both the opportunity and responsibility to create a society where everyone in Ireland has the potential to age well.

During Election 2020, Age Action and Active Retirement Ireland are calling on the next Government to plan sufficiently for an ageing population to ensure that people remain active, engaged, and valued in their communities for as long as feasible, with choice and control over their lives, regardless of their age.

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Concerns about Proposed Amendments to the Fair Deal Scheme in Relation to Rental Income

(10 May 2022) Age Action will address the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage on Planning: on the Provision of housing for older people, including Fair Deal on 10 May, where they will advocate for a package of safeguarding measures to be put in place to protect older people living in nursing homes as well as reforms to allow 100% of rental income on the person's primary residence to be disregarded by the HSE under the Nursing Home Support Scheme (Fair Deal).