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Ignore ‘grey vote’ at your peril warns Pensioners Parliament

Michael Monghan and Anne Watson launch Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament Manifesto at Stormont

The Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament is today stressing the importance of the ‘grey vote’ as it launches its manifesto for next year’s Assembly election.  The manifesto, created with the involvement of thousands of older people from across Northern Ireland, calls for action on six crucial areas.

Issue 21 of aspire magazine

aspire magazine issue 21

Issue 21 of aspire - Age Sector Platform's magazine - is now available to view online.

Inside this edition you can read all about the 2015 Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament held in September, including our call to protect the bus pass and the development of our election manifesto for next year.

Pensioners Parliament warns Executive against means-testing bus pass

Pensioners Parliament Smartpass Survey

Any future Stormont Executive that chooses to cut or means-test the bus pass fails to recognise its true value, according to the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament.

The warning forms part of a draft Pensioners Parliament Election Manifesto, due to be agreed over the coming days by older people from across the province at this year’s Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament.

The call has already been supported by the findings of a survey conducted by the Parliament, which found that nine out of ten (91%) older people are against means‑testing the Smartpass scheme in Northern Ireland.

platform welcomes age discrimination consultation

Michael Monaghan

Age Sector Platform has today welcomed the launch of the consultation on age discrimination legislation in the provision of goods, facilities and services by Junior Ministers Jennifer McCann MLA and Michelle McIlveen MLA.

The charity responsible for the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament, says the launch of the consultation marks a significant milestone towards creating a bill that has the potential to make a huge difference in areas like health care and financial services.

scheme launched to help older people switch to gas

Age Sector Platform has teamed up with Phoenix Natural Gas to offer an incentive for people aged 60 or over who may be interested in switching to gas central heating.  The charity has today helped to launch the 60+ Saver Scheme offering people aged 60 or over in the greater Belfast area a grant of £500 towards the cost of switching.

20th edition of aspire magazine

The 20th edition of aspire - Age Sector Platform's magazine - is now available to view online.

This year the format of the Pensioners Parliament changed and inside this edition you can read all about the first two ‘themed parliaments’ – on fuel poverty and health & social care.  This edition also features the launch of a significant piece of research into older people’s views of the health service here; and the launch of a new guide to help older people feel safe.

Pensioners Parliament delivers ‘damning’ verdict on health service

Robert Hasson

A new report, launched today by the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament, has revealed serious concerns among the older population in relation to health and social care provision here.  The report, which represents the views of 700 older people from across Northern Ireland, has exposed fears in relation to hospital safety, concerns about home care packages and GP appointments, and anxiety about proposals to introduce prescription charges.

Party pledges for older people

With less than a week to go until the general election, Age Sector Platform has welcomed the creation of a document detailing what each of the Northern Ireland political paries have pledged to deliver for older people.  The document, created by our friends at Stratagem, outlines what each of the main parties wishes to achieve for older people if elected to represent the people of Northern Ireland in UK Parliament.

Fuel poverty causing thousands of winter deaths among older people

Inexcusable fuel poverty levels have caused over two thousand extra deaths among older people in Northern Ireland over the last four winters, according to Age Sector Platform.

The charity responsible for the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament says ‘keeping warm in winter’ has been the biggest concern for pensioners since the parliament began in 2011.  The charity is calling for more to be done to tackle the problem and is hosting the very first ‘Pensioners Parliament on Fuel Poverty’ in Belfast today.

Guide launched to help older people feel safe

An innovative guide aimed at addressing fear of crime among older people in Northern Ireland will be launched today by Age Sector Platform.  The ‘Feel Safe’ guide will provide older people with tailored information including crime prevention advice and details of organisations that can help them feel safe.

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