Age Action has reacted to today’s budget announcement, welcoming the first increase in the State Pension in seven years and increases in other income supports. But the organisation also highlighted the lack of progress on home supports and the failure to cut prescription charges.
Older people in Galway have criticised lengthy waiting times and high parking costs in a survey of their experiences in local hospitals published by Age Action today who called on hospitals to end the block-booking of appointments.
Age Action has called for continued Government investment in computer training for older people as a new Eurostat report, published today, shows older people in Ireland lagging behind their EU counterparts.
While Age Action welcomed this morning’s commitment from Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton to partially restore the Christmas bonus, the organisation warned that it falls far short of what is needed to restore the incomes of Ireland’s older people.