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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’.

It contains six key priorities:

  1. Maintain the 'Triple Lock' to protect the value of the Basic State Pension
  2. Make measurable progress towards transformation in health and social care as outlined in 'Health and Wellbeing 2026 - Delivering Together'
  3. Legislate to make Age Discrimination in accessing Goods, Facilities and Services illegal in Northern Ireland
  4. Address increasing incidence of loneliness and isolation amongst older people through measures including digital inclusion programmes
  5. Extend the Warm Home Discount Scheme to Northern Ireland
  6. Protect key pensioner concessions including the Smartpass, free TV licenses for over 75s and the Winter Fuel Allowance

The priorities reflect issues debated and voted on by delegates at the 2018 Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament and have been shaped directly by older people from across Northern Ireland.

In the current political uncertainty, it is essential that the health, wellbeing and quality of life of older people is prioritised, promoted and progressed.

Age Sector Platform will use the framework as a focus for our campaigning and lobbying activity in 2019 and beyond.

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