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AGE ACTION CRITICISES GOVERNMENT FOR FAILURE TO PROTECT OLDER PEOPLE WITH BUDGET 2021

Published 13/10/2020

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(13 October 2020) 

AGE ACTION CRITICISES GOVERNMENT FOR FAILURE TO PROTECT OLDER PEOPLE WITH BUDGET 2021

Just Transition undermined with lack of financial support for majority of older people to deal with Carbon Tax

Age Action has said that the Government’s Budget 2021 choices did not include measures to protect the majority of older people on a fixed income from the rising cost of energy.

While an increase in the Fuel Allowance of €3.50 was announced to balance the impact of the Carbon Tax it will not benefit the majority of people in receipt of the pension, 11.4% of whom were at risk of poverty in 2018.

 Paddy Connolly, CEO of Age Action said ‘The increase in the Fuel Allowance is welcome for those who receive it, but it is not a solution for approximately 70% of pensioners who are not eligible for it. Over 500,000 people are in receipt of the State pension but only 175,000 of them get the Fuel Allowance. That group of people have been placed in a vulnerable situation as they will bear the cost of the carbon tax from their income which has not seen an increase in two successive Budgets. This measure is a real undermining of climate justice, the Government’s commitment to a Just Transition and does nothing to help individual support for climate action.  An urgent review of the eligibility criteria for the Fuel Allowance scheme is needed to assess whether it is sufficiently meeting need.’

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Age Action Nominated as Finalists for the Good Governance Awards

Age Action were notified yesterday that they have been shortlisted as finalists in Category 4 of the Good Governance Awards. 

The Good Governance Awards recognises and encourages adherence to good governance by nonprofit organisations in Ireland. The award focuses on annual reports, examining how they demonstrate adherence to good governance. Category 4 is for organisations with an annual turnover of over €1 million and under €5 million. 

We are very proud to be recognised for the work that we do. Congratulations to our entire team at Age Action and to our fellow nominees; we're looking forward to the Awards on November 17th.

The other shortlisted organisations in Category 4 include BeLonG To Youth Services, Irish Hospice Foundation, The Ark, Dublin and The Care Trust

See Here for our Annual Report 2021 that was nominated.