Check out issue 19 of aspire magazine!

Aspire issue 19

Issue 19 of aspire - Age Sector Platform's magazine - is now available to view online.

Inside this edition, you can read about Age Sector Platform’s campaigning work over the last few months on Northern Ireland’s exclusion from the Warm Home Discount. This edition also features a report from the Westminster Lobby and a summary of the Pensioners Parliament ‘Question Time’ event held in December 2014.

Pensioners descend on Stormont to discuss fuel poverty 'crisis'

Michael Monaghan

Age Sector Platform says more needs to be done to tackle fuel poverty for the most vulnerable, after figures released during the last week show over five hundred older people died last winter of cold related illnesses in Northern Ireland.

The call comes as the results of the 2014 NI Pensioners Parliament are unveiled – results that show that Keeping Warm in Winter remains the top issue of concern for pensioners across Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland's poorest pensioners left out in the cold

Michael Monaghan

The poorest pensioners here are missing out on much needed help with their energy bills because Northern Ireland was excluded from a valuable fuel poverty scheme set up by UK Government almost four years’ ago, according Age Sector Platform.

The charity claims Northern Ireland’s exclusion from the Warm Home Discount means around 100,000 pensioners here are missing out on £140 towards their electricity bill every year, despite pensioners in England, Scotland and Wales receiving the valuable credit.

Newest edition of aspire magazine - issue 18

aspire magazine issue 18

Issue 18 of aspire - Age Sector Platform's magazine - is now available to view online.

Inside this edition, you can read about all the activity on 1st October for Older People’s Day, including the ‘Hands Off’ rally held in Belfast City Centre. This edition also features lots of exciting web-related news, with the recent launch of our Facebook page and the unveiling of a brand new web-portal for older people in Northern Ireland.

Pensioners gather to say 'Hands Off' our benefits

Michael Monaghan

Pensioners from across Northern Ireland are expected to gather in Belfast's Cornmarket area at 1pm this afternoon to make their voice heard on the need for universal benefits such as the bus pass and winter fuel payment.

The rally, which has been organised by Age Sector Platform to coincide with Older People’s Day, is part of a UK-wide day of action in support of the ‘Hands Off’ campaign. With the aim of defending the need for universal pensioner benefits in the lead up to the general election next year, the campaign has already been supported by over 70,000 people across the UK.

The Platform is on Facebook!

Facebook page

Age Sector Platform is now on Facebook, and with more than 200 people 'liking' our page within the first two days we're delighted with the response so far!

We hope over the next few weeks and months, our page will grow in popularity, and allow us to communicate with a whole new audience about issues relating to older people.

Visit our page by clicking HERE, and simply 'like' it to keep up to date with all our news, campaigns and events.

Older people's charities call on NI Executive to deliver on promise to stop age discrimination

Stop Age Discrimination

Representatives from Age Sector Platform and Age NI will today meet with Junior Ministers Jonathan Bell and Jennifer McCann to stress the importance of legislation to outlaw age discrimination in areas like healthcare, financial services and retail.  Age NI and Age Sector Platform are calling on the Northern Ireland Executive to progress with the legislation urgently to ensure older people are provided with the same protection as their counterparts in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.  As the charities launch their position paper Stop Age Discrimination, they say action on

Platform says 'Hands Off' our bus pass

Francis Hughes

Following the announcement from DRD Minister Danny Kennedy indicating that funding for the concessionary fares scheme could be under threat, Age Sector Platform is calling on the Northern Ireland Executive to reassure older people of its commitment to the Smartpass scheme.

The charity which is responsible for the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament says defending the need for the scheme forms part of its ‘Hands Off’ campaign which also highlights the importance of benefits like the winter fuel payment and free prescriptions.

Running the Belfast half marathon?


Are you, or someone you know planning to run the 2nd Belfast Half Marathon on 14th September?  Why not run it for Age Sector Platform!

The money you raise will help us to improve the lives of older people in Northern Ireland by engaging with older people to identify the areas of concern to them, and supporting projects which will tackle these concerns.

We will support the efforts of runners as they raise awareness of Age Sector Platform and raise funds that will make a difference to the lives of older people in Northern Ireland.

Issue 17 of aspire magazine

aspire magazine issue 17

Issue 17 of aspire - Age Sector Platform's magazine - is now available to view online.

Inside this special edition you can read all about the 2014 Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament, including the local parliaments and two-day parliament at the end of May.

Also read about the Heating Costs Report launched at the Parliament and find out about our recent meeting with the Secretary of State.