Latest edition of aspire is now online

aspire 26 November 2017

Issue 26 of aspire - Age Sector Platform's magazine - is now available to view online.

Inside this edition you can read all about the recent 2017 Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament, including two reports launched at the parliament – one on scams and one on Brexit.  This edition also has an opinion piece from Age Sector Platform Chief Executive, Eamonn Donaghy, on the state of the health service here, and a report from Age Sector Platform’s recent AGM.

changes to affordable warmth scheme

Affordable Warmth Scheme

The Affordable Warmth Scheme is the Department for Communities main programme for tackling the effects of fuel poverty in vulnerable low income households in Northern Ireland. It is a targeted scheme which provides energy efficiency measures to eligible households in order to mitigate the effects of fuel poverty.  Following on from a review of the Scheme after one full year of operation, several proposals for change have been identified and are set out in the consultation document for comment.

The four proposals are:

Older people warn against border controls of the past

NIPP Brexit Report

Older people living in Northern Ireland are concerned about the impact Brexit will have on them and are warning against a return to border controls of the past.

A report launched by the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament today has revealed three out of four older people are concerned about the impact Brexit will have on them, with seven out of ten concerned about freedom of movement across the border.

One in four older people scammed in Northern Ireland

Ivan Baxter from Age Sector Platform

Almost one in four older people in Northern Ireland have been scammed according to a report launched by the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament today.

The report, which summarises the experiences of hundreds of older people across Northern Ireland, found that older people fall for software scams and fake emails the most and that scammers are most successful when targeting older people online or by telephone.  Of those scammed, one in ten older victims lost more than £1,000 and romance or dating scams were the most common scams resulting in a high value financial loss.

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.