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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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PAW Raffle Winners

Thank you all for your patience during the last number of weeks and for your understanding that due to the COVID-19 crisis we were not in a position to hold the Positive Ageing Week Raffle. Today, we were finally able to do the draw and we list below the lucky winners.

We wish the winners well and trust they will have a happy time spending their winnings. It certainly brightened up their day when we told them earlier. Thanks again to all those who entered as all proceeds from the raffle will help us to continue to provide much needed services to older people over the coming months.

Keep safe and well.

1st Prize - €1500 -  V. McGowne.  Dublin.

2nd Prize - €1000 – A. Smyth.  Dublin.

3rd Prize - €500 – B. O’Brien.  Cork.

Sellers Prize - €100 – M. Moran.  Kerry.