County Armagh Pensioners Parliament 2012

County Armagh Pensioners Parliament 2012

Over 50 older people from across County Armagh gathered in Brownlow Community Hub in Craigavon yesterday for the second of seven highly anticipated Pensioners Parliaments due to take place across Northern Ireland in the coming weeks.  The County Armagh pensioners in attendance discussed and voted on issues such as energy prices, health and social care, community safety and transport.

Platform members welcome £22m fuel payment roll-out

Fuel payment

Age Sector Platform members joined the First Minister and deputy First Minister last week to give them a helping hand in publicising the Winter Payment scheme which will see 96,000 pensioners on pension credit receive a one off payment of £100. The Social Protection Fund which was established by the Executive to assist those most in need within the wider community was rolled out last week.

2012 Pensioners Parliament launches at City Hall

Pensioners Parliament 2012

One hundred and thirty older people from across Belfast gathered in City Hall today for the first of seven highly anticipated Pensioners Parliaments due to take place across Northern Ireland in the coming weeks. All eager to make their voices heard on the problems they face at present, the Belfast pensioners in attendance discussed and voted on issues such as energy prices, health and social care, community safety and transport.

Read 10th edition of aspire online

aspire magazine issue 10

Issue 10 of aspire - Age Sector Platform's newsletter - is now available to view online.

Inside this edition we have an interview with Claire Keatinge, the new Commissioner for Older People, a report of Age Sector Platform’s trip to Westminster in October and details of a unique event held in Stormont in November.

Age Sector Platform welcomes £100 fuel allowance

Patricia Donald

Age Sector Platform has welcomed the announcement that £100 will be paid to thousands of pensioner households in Northern Ireland this winter by the NI Assembly; but warns that the Westminster Government must not be ‘let off the hook’ following its decision to cut the Winter Fuel Payment this year.

The charity’s ‘Fight the Winter Fuel Cut’ campaign has gained over 17,000 signatures in opposition to the Coalition Government’s decision to cut the Winter Fuel Payment by £50-£100 this year; an average of over 100 signatures every day since the campaign was launched in June 2011.

Video from Pensioners Parliament debate at Stormont

Video from Pensioners Parliament debate at Stormont

Over 60 older people debated the issues of fuel poverty, fear of crime and health and social care at a Pensioners Parliament debate in the NI Assembly last week on Friday 25 November 2011.

The debate, chaired by the Speaker of the Assembly, William Hay MLA, was run in the same way as an Assembly debate with older people proposing three motions and Ministers responding to the issues.

Pensioners Parliament arrives in Stormont

Pensioners Parliament Stormont debate 2011

Older people from across Northern Ireland became parliamentarians today as they tabled motions and passionately debated the issues of concern to them and their peers with Ministers from the NI Executive.  The event, held in the Senate Chamber at Parliament Buildings, was chaired by The Speaker of the NI Assembly, William Hay MLA and saw over seventy older people experience the reality of an Assembly debate.

Platform welcomes action on age discrimination and fear of crime


Age Sector Platform has praised the Northern Ireland Executive for its positive response to some of the key issues arising from the NI Pensioners Parliament this year, in its Programme for Government. The Pensioners Parliament, which took place earlier this year, identified the main concerns of the older population in Northern Ireland through a bottom-up democratic process, and the charity has welcomed the Executive’s commitment to address some of its major recommendations.

Groundbreaking report highlights older people's worries

NIPP report launch

The concerns of older people in Northern Ireland take centre stage today as a groundbreaking new report is launched by a prominent older people’s charity.  The report, based on the findings of the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament earlier this year, contains some shocking statistics and insightful recommendations in the areas of energy, food, community safety, health and pensions.  Age Sector Platform, the charity responsible, says the Parliament process provided a truly bottom-up and democratic approach to identifying the main concerns of our older population, and describes it as the

UK Pensions Minister receives Northern Ireland winter fuel cut petition

Steve Webb MP receives petition

A group of older people from Northern Ireland, supported by a petition representing almost 15,000 voices here, travelled to Westminster this week in order to declare their opposition to the cut to the winter fuel payment this year by between £50 and £100.

The group - all members of Age Sector Platform - the charity behind the widely supported petition, say they are determined to ensure that the UK Government is fully aware of the disgust and disappointment of people across Northern Ireland in response to their decision to reduce the payment.