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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?

Runners

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.

Platform responds to research on wealth and income of older people

Francis Hughes

Age Sector Platform has welcomed new research into the incomes of older people in Northern Ireland, and called for greater financial support for pensioners struggling to make ends meet.

The charity responsible for the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament, has commended CARDI for producing two reports which help to illustrate the economic circumstances of older people in Northern Ireland.

Half of pensioner households cut down on essentials like food to pay for heating

Heating Costs Survey

A new report launched today has revealed that one in two pensioner households in Northern Ireland has to cut down on other essentials, such as food, in order to cover the cost of heating.

The research will form the basis of discussions and voting during the final day of the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament in Belfast today, with a number of fuel poverty experts and a panel of politicians expected to respond to the concerns of around 200 older people from across Northern Ireland.

Health budget warning sparks Pensioners Parliament debate

Michael Monaghan

The Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament will begin its two days of discussion and debate in Belfast today, with the hot topic of health and social care due to take centre stage during the first day of proceedings.

Following the stark warning from the Health Minister earlier this month indicating that patient safety could be at risk if the Department does not receive extra funds, the charity responsible for the Parliament claims it’s essential to gauge the opinions of pensioners across Northern Ireland about how they feel the process of health reform is affecting them.

Co. Tyrone Pensioners Parliament in Omagh

Co. Tyrone Pensioners

Pensioners from across County Tyrone gathered in the Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh yesterday for the last of seven local Pensioners Parliaments held across Northern Ireland in the last few months.

All eager to make their voices heard on the problems they face at present, the County Tyrone pensioners raised issues including community policing, energy prices, pensioner benefits and health and social care provision.

Co. Derry / Londonderry Pensioners Parliament in Magherafelt

Derry / Londonderry Pensioners Parliament in Magherafelt

The first ever County Derry/Londonderry Pensioners Parliament to be held in Magherafelt took place on Friday, with almost 90 older people from across the county in attendance. The event was officially opened by Councillor Catherine Elattar, Chair of Magherafelt District Council.

All eager to make their voices heard on the problems they face at present, the pensioners raised issues including community policing, energy prices, pensioner benefits and health and social care provision.

Co. Antrim Pensioners Parliament in Larne

Co. Antrim Pensioners

The first ever County Antrim Pensioners Parliament to be held in Larne took place on Friday, with around 70 older people from across the county in attendance. The event was officially opened by Councillor Maureen Morrow, Mayor of Larne.

All eager to make their voices heard on the problems they face at present, the County Antrim pensioners raised issues including community policing, energy prices, pensioner benefits and health and social care provision.

Co. Armagh Pensioners Parliament in Craigavon

Co. Armagh Pensioners

Pensioners from across County Armagh gathered in Craigavon Civic Centre on Friday for the fourth of seven highly anticipated Pensioners Parliaments across Northern Ireland. The event was officially opened by Councillor Mark Baxter, Mayor of Craigavon.

All eager to make their voices heard on the problems they face at present, the County Armagh pensioners raised issues including community policing, energy prices, pensioner benefits and health and social care provision.

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