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Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament 2017

Age Sector Platform is delighted to announce that the annual Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament will take place on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 October 2017. 

Anyone aged 60 or over in Northern Ireland can attend, but registration is essential as spaces are limited.

If you are interested in attending, please click HERE to complete the survey.

Theresa May refuses to commit to the triple lock

Theresa May’s refusal at Prime Minister’s Questions to confirm that the triple lock on pensions will be maintained in the next mandate will be of real concern to older people and will add to their sense of uncertainty and vulnerability.

At the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament in October last year, delegates sent out a strong message that maintaining the triple lock was essential to protect the living standards of many vulnerable older people who are already affected by issues such as fuel poverty.

Older people outraged as further political uncertainty puts life and death issues on 'back burner'

The call for a general election in June amidst the impasse at Stormont has made the prospect of an agreement to restore the institutions being reached unlikely, leaving older people in Northern Ireland outraged as life and death issues are being put on the back burner.

Age Sector Platform, a leading older people’s charity says frustrations are sky high because critical decisions are not being taken, services are not being improved and waiting lists are not being reduced.

 

Travelling to hospital appointments 'nightmare' for older patients

Older people in Northern Ireland are being expected to travel longer distances to attend hospital appointments but are not being supported to do so, according to a new report launched by the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament today.

 

The report has revealed that almost half of those surveyed experienced difficulty in travelling to hospital appointments during the last two years, with one in seven missing an appointment due to problems with transport.

 

Age Sector Platform welcomes new Chief Executive

Last week, Age Sector Platform welcomed its new Chief Executive, Eamonn Donaghy, to the charity.  Eamonn joins Age Sector Platform from Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, where he spent two and a half years as Communications and Fund Development Manager.

Check out issue 23 of aspire!

Issue 23 of aspire - Age Sector Platform's magazine - is now available to view online.

Inside this edition you can read all about the 2016 Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament which, for the first time, visited each of the eleven council areas across the province. 

Read also about the appointment of Eddie Lynch as the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland.

Age Sector Platform response to announcement of new Commissioner

Anne Watson, Chair of Age Sector Platform

It was announced today by the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (OFMdFM) that Eddie Lynch, Chief Executive of Age Sector Platform, has been appointed as the next Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland.

In response to the announcement, Anne Watson, Chair of Age Sector Platform, commented:

2016 Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament Launched

Junior Ministers Jennifer McCann and Emma Pengelly with Anne Watson and Michael Monaghan from Age Sector Platform

Older people are gathering in Newtownabbey today for the first of eleven highly anticipated Pensioners Parliaments due to take place across Northern Ireland in the coming weeks.  All eager to make their voice heard on the problems they face at present, the pensioners in attendance will discuss and vote on issues like healthcare, the cost of living, community safety and transport.       

The 2016 Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament will also offer pensioners the opportunity to question their local elected representatives – both Councillors and MLAs – during each parliament. 

Executive Ministers to be grilled by Pensioners Parliament

Pensioners Parliament in Assembly Main Chamber

‘Question Time’ at the Assembly today will be one with a difference – the difference being the average age of those taking their seats in the main Assembly Chamber in Parliament Buildings.  During a special sitting being hosted by Mitchel McLaughlin MLA, the Speaker of the Assembly, members of the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament are expected to grill Executive Ministers on the issues contained in their election manifesto.

New edition of 'aspire' published

aspire issue 22

Issue 22 of aspire - Age Sector Platform's magazine - is now available to view online.

Inside this edition you can read all about the 2016 Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament which will, for the first time, visit eleven different locations across the province.  Read also about the recently launched Pensioners Parliament manifesto and the first ‘Feel Safe’ workshop held in Belfast in December.

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