Age Sector launches winter warmth hotline in response to worrying statistics

A research report released today, revealing that older people in Northern Ireland are severely worried about how they will cope with the recent hike in the cost of living, has prompted the age sector to launch a new BT Winter Warmth Hotline.

The research, which was commissioned by Age Sector Platform, Help the Aged and Age Concern NI as part of their ‘Can’t Heat or Eat’ campaign, found that older people in Northern Ireland are planning on reducing their energy bills by cutting back on essential heating and electricity.  Nearly two in five (39%) people aged 50 and over claimed that they are planning to cut back on heating their homes as a result of current financial circumstances, with one in three (33%) planning on cutting back on electricity.

Can't heat or eat? Join the Age Sector's campaign

Are you an older person living in Northern Ireland?  Are you worried about how you will survive both financially and physically during the coming winter?  Do you think our representatives in Government should be doing more to prevent unnecessary hardship for older people?  Then get involved in the age sector’s ‘Can’t Heat or Eat’ Campaign.

The campaign, initiated by Age Sector Platform, Help the Aged in Northern Ireland and Age Concern NI, will ensure older people from across Northern Ireland can make their voice heard on the issue of the rising cost of living.

North West older people attend age discrimination seminar

The existence of age discrimination in Northern Ireland was the basis of a research seminar in the Magee campus of the University of Ulster last week.  The seminar, hosted by Age Sector Platform, presented research by Professor Brice Dickson and Lisa Glennon from School of Law, Queen’s University, from their report entitled, ‘Making older people equal: how to reform the law on access to services’.

Bill Carson, Chair of Age Sector Platform, welcomed older people from across the North West and those with an interest in the age sector to the seminar.

60+ smartpass: Not the finish line for older campaigners

Age Sector Platform welcomes the long-awaited introduction of the 60+ smartpass, enabling those aged 60 to 64 to avail of free public transport in Northern Ireland. This comes after today’s launch of the extended smartpass scheme by Minister for Regional Development, Conor Murphy.

Francis Hughes, Transport spokesperson for Age Sector Platform, commented: “The launch of the 60+ smartpass is a positive step and will allow many older people across Northern Ireland to become more independent and active in society. For many of our members, this launch signifies the finish line after several years of effective campaigning for this amendment to the scheme. However, we are not yet finished when it comes to fighting for better transport for older people.”