Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament begins in Belfast

NI Pensioners Parliament 2011

The very first local event as part of the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament took place in Belfast City Hall today, with well over 100 older people from the city in attendance. The event, which was opened by Lord Mayor, Councillor Pat Convery, is the first of seven ‘local parliaments’ which are due to take place in Northern Ireland in the coming weeks.

Launch of 2011 NI Pensioners Parliament

Launch of NI Pensioners Parliament 2011

Today marks the official unveiling of the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament, which was launched by the First Minister and deputy First Minister outside Stormont Buildings.  The Pensioners Parliament, which is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland, will allow older people from across the province to have their say on the issues that matter to them.

Read 7th edition of aspire online

aspire magazine issue 7

Issue 7 of aspire - Age Sector Platform's newsletter - is now available to view online.

Inside this edition we have news on the upcoming Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament, an update on the Older People’s Commissioner legislation, details of an upcoming transport event and information on the ‘Equal Pay for NICS Pensioners’ campaign.

NI Assembly gives older people an early Christmas present!


Older people from across Northern Ireland made their way to Stormont yesterday, to celebrate the passage of a landmark piece of legislation creating a much-needed Commissioner dedicated to safeguarding the rights of people in later life. The celebrations at Stormont marked the most important stage in a three-year long campaign to secure a powerful Older People’s Commissioner for Northern Ireland’s ageing population.

Older people urge MLAs to support a powerful Commissioner


Older people from across Northern Ireland were at Stormont today to show their support for the Older People’s Commissioner’s Bill which was debated in the Assembly.

Campaigners from a wide range of constituencies met with their local MLAs urging them to endorse legislation for a powerful Older People’s Commissioner, as they believe a Commissioner without adequate powers would be the equivalent of a ‘toothless tiger’.

Need for action on fuel poverty

Pensioners at Westminster

Statistics released this week detailing the level of fuel poverty amongst older people in Northern Ireland have been described as ‘shocking, but not surprising’ by a prominent campaigning organisation representing older people in Northern Ireland.

Age Sector Platform, which represents around 200,000 older people here, says that older people’s incomes must be increased in order to tackle the issue.

Platform's reaction to Spending Review

Ivan Baxter

Following today’s Spending Review announcement, Ivan Baxter from Age Sector Platform, commented:

“We welcome the fact that the winter fuel allowance, along with other universal benefits for pensioners, have been protected.  Particularly in light of research released today by CARDI which revealed that the number of single pensioners in Northern Ireland at risk of poverty has risen by 57 per cent in the last six years.”

Read 6th edition of aspire online

aspire magazine issue 6

The 6th edition of aspire - Age Sector Platform's newsletter is now available to view online.

Included in the issue is news about The Great Pensions Debate as well as Age Awareness Week.

To view a digital copy of the newsletter click HERE. Hard copies have been mailed to members, and other interested bodies/individuals in the last week.

Listen to 'The Great Pensions Debate'

Great Pensions Debate 2010

‘The Great Pensions Debate’ was held in the Long Gallery in Parliament Buildings, Stormont on Monday 11 October 2010. The event was organised by Age Sector Platform in partnership with Age NI, ICTU (NIC) and National Pensioners’ Convention (NI). The four organisations, which came together earlier in 2010 as part of ‘A Pensioners’ Manifesto’, described the event as a means of exploring the most important Westminster based issue for older people – the pension.

Pensioners tackle politicians at Stormont Debate

Pensioners lobby Stormont

Photo: © Kevin Cooper Photoline

Older people from across Northern Ireland gathered at Stormont today to debate recent announcements on pension reform and to seek assurances from local politicians that older people’s services will not be seen as a ‘soft target’ during the upcoming Comprehensive Spending Review and Northern Ireland Budget process.