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’.

Follow our lead says Pensioners Parliament

Lord Mayor of Belfast Nuala McAllister with pensioners from across the city

The Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament is sending a clear message to political parties here – it’s time to follow our lead!  As the only Parliament in operation in Northern Ireland at present, its members are keen to show MLAs how it should be done.                     

The first of eleven ‘local parliaments’ due to take place during 2018 will take place in Belfast today, and the charity responsible – Age Sector Platform – has committed to holding one in each council area in Northern Ireland over the coming months.

Ivan Baxter from Age Sector Platform commented:

Read issue 27 of aspire online!

aspire 27 February 2018

Issue 27 of aspire - Age Sector Platform's magazine - is now available to view online.  Inside this edition you can read all about the upcoming 2018 local Pensioners Parliament events between March and June.  You can also read about how you can support Ivan Baxter’s (ASP Chairperson) fundraising campaign between now and July.  This edition also has news of the relaunched Quick Check 101 service and a summary of Age Sector Platform’s feedback to the Department of Finance on its Budget Briefing.

Ivan’s running for parliament!

Ivan Baxter - running for parliament!

We have some exciting news to share...Ivan Baxter, Chairperson of Age Sector Platform, is running for parliament!  Running for the Pensioners Parliament that is!  In July 2018, Ivan will take part in a 10 mile race as part of the Portaferry Gala Festival to raise funds for the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament.

The Portaferry Gala Festival will take place this year between 14 and 21 July and the festival’s 10 mile race usually attracts around 300 participants.

How you can support Ivan’s fundraising efforts:

Have your say on budget proposals

NIPP Budget Survey

In December 2017, the Department of Finance published a budget briefing document which sets out a number of scenarios, and suggested methods of generating income.  Its purpose is to illustrate the choices that will need to be considered by Ministers in reaching agreement on a Budget, and Age Sector Platform aims to provide feedback on this document by the deadline of 26th January. 

Latest edition of aspire is now online

aspire 26 November 2017

Issue 26 of aspire - Age Sector Platform's magazine - is now available to view online.

Inside this edition you can read all about the recent 2017 Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament, including two reports launched at the parliament – one on scams and one on Brexit.  This edition also has an opinion piece from Age Sector Platform Chief Executive, Eamonn Donaghy, on the state of the health service here, and a report from Age Sector Platform’s recent AGM.

changes to affordable warmth scheme

Affordable Warmth Scheme

The Affordable Warmth Scheme is the Department for Communities main programme for tackling the effects of fuel poverty in vulnerable low income households in Northern Ireland. It is a targeted scheme which provides energy efficiency measures to eligible households in order to mitigate the effects of fuel poverty.  Following on from a review of the Scheme after one full year of operation, several proposals for change have been identified and are set out in the consultation document for comment.

The four proposals are:

Older people warn against border controls of the past

NIPP Brexit Report

Older people living in Northern Ireland are concerned about the impact Brexit will have on them and are warning against a return to border controls of the past.

A report launched by the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament today has revealed three out of four older people are concerned about the impact Brexit will have on them, with seven out of ten concerned about freedom of movement across the border.

One in four older people scammed in Northern Ireland

Ivan Baxter from Age Sector Platform

Almost one in four older people in Northern Ireland have been scammed according to a report launched by the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament today.

The report, which summarises the experiences of hundreds of older people across Northern Ireland, found that older people fall for software scams and fake emails the most and that scammers are most successful when targeting older people online or by telephone.  Of those scammed, one in ten older victims lost more than £1,000 and romance or dating scams were the most common scams resulting in a high value financial loss.