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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.

Co. Down Pensioners Parliament in Newry

Co. Down Pensioners

Around 60 pensioners from across County Down gathered in the Canal Court Hotel in Newry on Friday for the third of seven highly anticipated Pensioners Parliaments due to take place across Northern Ireland in the coming weeks. The event was officially opened by Councillor Michael Ruane, Mayor of Newry and Mourne.

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

Co. Fermanagh Pensioners Parliament in Enniskillen

Co. Fermanagh Pensioners

Around 70 pensioners from across County Fermanagh gathered in the Westville Hotel in Enniskillen on Friday for the second of seven highly anticipated Pensioners Parliaments due to take place across Northern Ireland in the coming weeks. The event was officially opened by Councillor Alex Baird, Chairman of Fermanagh District Council.

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

Get your running shoes on for Belfast City Marathon!

Running for Parliament

Age Sector Platform is looking for runners or walkers to take part in The Belfast Marathon, Walk, Relay or Fun Run on Monday 5 May 2014.

The money you raise will help Age Sector Platform 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 and walkers as they raise awareness of Age Sector Platform and raise funds that will make a difference to the lives of older in Northern Ireland.

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