Letter to Health Permanent Secretary

Age Sector Platform recently sent the below letter to Richard Pengelly, Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health, regarding the savings proposals put forward by all five Health Trusts in their recent consultations.

To view Age Sector Platform's response/s to the Trust proposals, click HERE.

Make your voice heard on Brexit!

NIPP Brexit Survey

The Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament has launched a survey seeking views from older people on the implications of Brexit and how they feel following the EU referendum vote.

The Parliament wants to know:

Trust savings threaten safety of older people

Eamonn Donaghy, Chief Executive Officer of Age Sector Platform

By Eamonn Donaghy, Chief Executive Officer of Age Sector Platform

The five Health and Social Care Trusts have been tasked by the Department of Health to collectively make savings of £70m from their budgets in this financial year.  Over the past two weeks each Trust has been holding public consultation events to outline their proposals for achieving their respective allocation of the £70m. 

Upcoming Health Trust Public Meetings

The five Health & Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland are currently consulting on their 2017/18 Savings Plan proposals until 5th October 2017.

As part of the consultation, each Trust has organised a series of public meetings and Age Sector Platform is encouraging its members to get involved in making their voice heard at these meetings.

Below are details of the public meetings still to be held by each Health Trust.


Belfast Trust

Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament 2017

Age Sector Platform is delighted to announce that the annual Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament will take place on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 October 2017. 

Anyone aged 60 or over in Northern Ireland can attend, but registration is essential as spaces are limited.

If you are interested in attending, please click HERE to complete the survey.

Theresa May refuses to commit to the triple lock

Theresa May’s refusal at Prime Minister’s Questions to confirm that the triple lock on pensions will be maintained in the next mandate will be of real concern to older people and will add to their sense of uncertainty and vulnerability.

At the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament in October last year, delegates sent out a strong message that maintaining the triple lock was essential to protect the living standards of many vulnerable older people who are already affected by issues such as fuel poverty.

Older people outraged as further political uncertainty puts life and death issues on 'back burner'

The call for a general election in June amidst the impasse at Stormont has made the prospect of an agreement to restore the institutions being reached unlikely, leaving older people in Northern Ireland outraged as life and death issues are being put on the back burner.

Age Sector Platform, a leading older people’s charity says frustrations are sky high because critical decisions are not being taken, services are not being improved and waiting lists are not being reduced.


Travelling to hospital appointments 'nightmare' for older patients

Older people in Northern Ireland are being expected to travel longer distances to attend hospital appointments but are not being supported to do so, according to a new report launched by the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament today.


The report has revealed that almost half of those surveyed experienced difficulty in travelling to hospital appointments during the last two years, with one in seven missing an appointment due to problems with transport.


Age Sector Platform welcomes new Chief Executive

Last week, Age Sector Platform welcomed its new Chief Executive, Eamonn Donaghy, to the charity.  Eamonn joins Age Sector Platform from Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, where he spent two and a half years as Communications and Fund Development Manager.

Check out issue 23 of aspire!

Issue 23 of aspire - Age Sector Platform's magazine - is now available to view online.

Inside this edition you can read all about the 2016 Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament which, for the first time, visited each of the eleven council areas across the province. 

Read also about the appointment of Eddie Lynch as the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland.