Age Awareness Week

Age Awareness Week

Age Awareness Week will come to an end on Saturday 2 October.

The below video provides an overview of this year's theme of 'Recognition'.

Platform members attend OFMdFM Committee

OFMdFM Committee

Members from Age Sector Platform today attended the OFMdFM committee meeting, to show their support for the progress being made on the creation of an Older People's Commissioner.

Over 50s unemployment figures are 'shocking'

Bill Carson

Age Sector Platform responds to today's revelation that the number of over 50's out of work has risen by 52% in the last year to a 10-year high.

Bill Carson, Chair of Age Sector Platform, commented:

Platform responds to government retirement proposals

Bill Carson

Last week the UK coalition government announced plans to increase the state retirement age to 66 for men by as early as 2016; with further proposals that it should be raised to age 70 for both men and women during the next few decades.  The government also announced plans to consult on axing the default retirement age of 65, the age at which employers can force staff to retire.  According to the Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith, these measures have been suggested due to the fact that people are living longer and healthier lives, but what implications would they have for future g

Budget will have minimal impact for older people

Bill Carson

Bill Carson, Chair of Age Sector Platform, responded to the budget announcement made by Chancellor George Osborne today:

“Today’s budget will have minimal impact for older people living here.  Although we welcome the long over-due promise to link the state pension with earnings by April next year, this measure simply does not go far enough in tackling the widespread issue of pensioner poverty.  In fact, pensioners in the UK have the fourth highest level of poverty in Europe; which demonstrates the need for more action to tackle this issue.”

Read 5th edition of aspire online

aspire magazine issue 5

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

The recent Pensioners' Manifesto election campaign features heavily in this edition, with details of the campaign launch, photographs from our province wide road show and information on the support the campaign received.

A stronger voice for older people in NI is on the horizon

We agree

The ‘We Agree’ campaign has signed up its 1000th member just as the results of the recent consultation process are published by OFMDFM.

‘We Agree’, a partnership between Age Sector Platform and Age NI, has been campaigning for an Older People’s Commissioner in Northern Ireland with sufficient powers and duties to act independently in order to guarantee that the rights of older people are protected, their interests are promoted and the issues affecting them are given prominence.

Concerns over closure of services at Whiteabbey & Mid Ulster Hospitals


Members of Age Sector Platform raised concerns regarding the handling of the closure of services at Whiteabbey and Mid Ulster hospitals at a meeting held in Belfast yesterday; and expressed concerns regarding the capacity of Antrim Hospital in meeting the extra demand.

'Our today is your tomorrow' say older campaigners

A Pensioners Manifesto

“Our today is your tomorrow” was the main message being highlighted outside Queens Students Union this afternoon, as students and older people from across Belfast came together to support a unique election campaign.  The campaign called ‘A Pensioners’ Manifesto’ has been supported by Age NI, Age Sector Platform, Irish Congress of Trade Unions (NI) and National Pensioners’ Convention (NI); and has aimed to harness the power of the ‘grey vote’ in the lead up to the general election.

Pensioners' Election Campaign takes Northern Ireland by storm


During the last two weeks a formidable election campaign has been touring the province causing a stir amongst election candidates, politicians and members of the public alike.  The campaign, called A Pensioners’ Manifesto has taken Northern Ireland by storm; and with over a thousand official supporters so far, it proudly embarks on its final week of campaigning activity.