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Age Action welcomes removal of pension age increase in Social Welfare Bill as part of the STOP67 Coalition

Published 09/12/2020

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(9 December 2020) The STOP67 campaign has welcomed the removal of the pension age increase to 67 years on 1st January next in the Social Welfare Bill which will be debated in the Dáil today (9th December, 2020). 

The campaign, which helped to make the pension age increase a controversial and dominant issue during the general election in February 2020, includes the National Women’s Council (NWC), Age Action, Active Retirement Ireland and SIPTU. 

In a statement released in advance of the Dáil debate on the Social Welfare Bill today, the STOP67 campaign said:

“The removal from legislation of the pension age increase to 67 years next January and to 68 years in 2028 vindicates the STOP67 campaign which generated such widespread public opposition to the proposal during the February election. 

“It is a significant victory for the campaign and the overwhelming majority of people who voted for political parties and independents who opposed the pension age increases.

“The campaign for an economically efficient, fiscally sustainable and socially equitable state pension system that will promote enhanced living standards for those in retirement will continue. 

“The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to strengthen social security in a number of areas such as unemployment, illness, income and family supports.  We will continue the campaign to ensure that older people and, in particular, women and those who depend entirely on the State for their income in retirement, can benefit from a reformed pension system that secures their quality of life.”

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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.