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read issue 30 of aspire online!

Issue 30 of aspire - Age Sector Platform's magazine - is now available to view online.  Inside this edition you can read all about the launch of the new 'Strategic Framework for the Health and Wellbeing of Older Peopl'e and how you can make use of it in the lead up to the local government elections on 2 May.  You can also read about the BBC TV licensing consultation, how Age Sector Platform has responded and what this may mean for the future of TV licensing fees for older people. This edition also gives an overview of the landscape of health and social care in Northern Ireland, including the progress already made with regards to Transformation. 

A Strategic Framework for the Health and Wellbeing of Older People

In early 2019, Age Sector Platform introduced a new ‘Strategic Framework for the Health and Wellbeing of Older People’. 

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day 2019

Today, 15 February, marks Fuel poverty Awareness Day 2019. This day is aimed at raising awareness of the definition, prevalence and effects of fuel poverty, and the importance of reducing – or better still – eradicating it from society altogether.

Fuel poverty is defined as when at least 10% of a household’s income budget is used on adequately heating the home. Northern Ireland has the highest rate of fuel poverty in the UK, with 22% of homes estimated to be in fuel poverty. Older people are disproportionately affected and the impact of fuel poverty on this group can be more severe.

BBC to consider scrapping free TV licenses for older people

In June 2020, the BBC may revoke free TV licenses for older people.

Currently, those aged over 75 receive free TV license under a government funded scheme, regardless of income, occupation or welfare entitlements. The cost of this scheme is estimated to be around £745 million per year, with the cost of a full colour TV license standing at £150.50 per household per year.

This funding, currently provided by the government, is due to come to an end in June 2020, which brings along with it the possibility of an end to free TV licenses for older people.

read issue 29 of aspire online!

Issue 29 of aspire - Age Sector Platform's magazine - is now available to view online.  Inside this edition you can read all about the 2018 Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament held in the Europa Hotel on 25 & 26 October.  You can also read about Age Sector Platform's attendance at the 2018 political party conferences. This edition also gives an overview of the flub-jab shortages experienced by Northern Ireland in the final quarter of 2018. Finally, this edition also addresses the sustainabilty of Age Sector Platform, given the current financial and political climate. 

 

Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament 2018 launch!

With just one week to go until the first day of the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament 2018 (NIPP18) in Belfast, three of our Age Sector Platform members, Anne Watson, Michael Monaghan (Chair of NIPP Committee) and Ivan Baxter (Chair of Age Sector Platform), met Cameron Watt of 

northern ireland pensioner's parliament 2018

Nestled within Positive Ageing Month, the Northern Ireland Pensioners’ Parliament is set to take place over two days - Thursday and Friday, 25 & 26 October 2018. Almost 200 older people will be attending, drawn from over 450 applications, where they will have an opportunity to engage with a range of policy experts and politicians.  

flu jab delays for over 65's

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has announced that there may be ‘logistical’ issues for over 65’s receiving the flu jab this Autumn.

GP’s have been notified that they are to ‘stagger’ the vaccine for the first time in Northern Ireland. Over 65’s usually receive the jab in September, but this year, they will receive it in 3 staggered phases across September, October and November.

Those over 75 will be given priority and will receive their flu jab as normal in September. Those between 65-74 may have their flu jab appointment delayed until November.

HE DID IT!

Ivan with his trophies

Recently our intrepid Charirperson, Ivan Baxter, completed the Portaferry Gala 10 mile run in aid of Age Sector Platform. Months of training went into Ivan's preparations. He received two trophies, one for being the oldest finisher and one in recognition of his charity fundraising. 

Ivan raised almost £2,500 for Age Sector Platform and he would like to say a big thank you to all those groups and individuals who supported him. This represents vital funding for Age Sector Platform and the Nothern Ireland Pensioners Parliament. 

Thanks Ivan!

Goodbye to Alison

Alison Leaving Photo

It's a sad day at Age Sector Platform today. We are saying farewell to our friend and colleague Alison McKenna, our Communications Manager, who is leaving us to take up a position with the Western Health and Social Care Trust in her home city of Derry/Londonderry.

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