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.


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.

Special edition of aspire online now!

Issue 28 of aspire magazine

A special Pensioners Parliament edition of aspire - Age Sector Platform's magazine - is now available to view online.  Inside this edition you can read reports from all eleven local Pensioners Parliaments held between March and June.  It also has some news on the recent relaunch of the ‘Feel Safe’ guide and information on Ivan Baxter’s upcoming 10 mile fundraising run on 17th July.

Almost half of older people more fearful of crime

Photographed with DOJ Permanent Secretary Nick Perry are Valerie Adams and Michael Monaghan from Age Sector Platform

Almost half of older people here feel more fearful of becoming a victim of crime compared to two years ago, according to new figures released by the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament.

The finding has prompted the update and re-launch of a popular ‘Feel Safe’ guide for older people today.  First published in 2015, the guide received widespread acclaim and has now been updated with information on new schemes like Quick Check 101 and the Nominated Neighbour scheme; whilst also providing additional advice on how older people can become more ‘scamwise’.