Age Sector Platform response to announcement of new Commissioner

Anne Watson, Chair of Age Sector Platform

It was announced today by the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (OFMdFM) that Eddie Lynch, Chief Executive of Age Sector Platform, has been appointed as the next Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland.

In response to the announcement, Anne Watson, Chair of Age Sector Platform, commented:

2016 Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament Launched

Junior Ministers Jennifer McCann and Emma Pengelly with Anne Watson and Michael Monaghan from Age Sector Platform

Older people are gathering in Newtownabbey today for the first of eleven highly anticipated Pensioners Parliaments due to take place across Northern Ireland in the coming weeks.  All eager to make their voice heard on the problems they face at present, the pensioners in attendance will discuss and vote on issues like healthcare, the cost of living, community safety and transport.       

The 2016 Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament will also offer pensioners the opportunity to question their local elected representatives – both Councillors and MLAs – during each parliament. 

Executive Ministers to be grilled by Pensioners Parliament

Pensioners Parliament in Assembly Main Chamber

‘Question Time’ at the Assembly today will be one with a difference – the difference being the average age of those taking their seats in the main Assembly Chamber in Parliament Buildings.  During a special sitting being hosted by Mitchel McLaughlin MLA, the Speaker of the Assembly, members of the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament are expected to grill Executive Ministers on the issues contained in their election manifesto.

New edition of 'aspire' published

aspire issue 22

Issue 22 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 will, for the first time, visit eleven different locations across the province.  Read also about the recently launched Pensioners Parliament manifesto and the first ‘Feel Safe’ workshop held in Belfast in December.

'Feel Safe' workshops to help reduce crimes against older people

Bill Carson from Age Sector Platform

Crime against older people in Northern Ireland could be reduced significantly by empowering older people to make use of simple crime prevention advice, according to a leading older people’s charity.

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.