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Pensioners Parliament calls on NI Executive to help older people stay warm

Pensioners Parliament

The Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament is calling on the Executive to provide urgent help to older people struggling to keep warm by using extra funds promised by the Treasury in December.

Age Sector Platform is making the appeal as it launches the fourth year of the Parliament today in Belfast.

Ministers to be quizzed on energy prices and health reform

Ministers to be quizzed on energy prices and health reform

Ministers from the Northern Ireland Executive will be quizzed by pensioners from across the province today on topics including energy prices and health reform as part of a ‘Question Time’ style event in the Senate Chamber in Parliament Buildings.

The event, which will be hosted by the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly William Hay MLA, will allow Members of the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament to question Ministers on the issues that have been raised as most important to the older population.

Check out issue 16 of aspire!

aspire magazine issue 16

Issue 16 of aspire - Age Sector Platform's magazine - is now available to view online.

Inside this edition you can read about the new 'Hands Off' campaign, defending the need for universal pensioner benefits, and our trip to Westminster in November 2013. Also, read about the launch of the 2013 NI Pensioners Parliament report and find out about our plans for the 2014 parliament.

Hands Off universal pensioner benefits

Hands Off universal pensioner benefits

‘Hands Off’ is the clear message coming from older people in Northern Ireland and across the UK, as a new nation‑wide campaign is launched today defending the need for benefits such as the winter fuel payment and bus pass.

The ‘Hands Off’ campaign, which has already been backed by some of the most influential older people’s organisations in the UK, aims to safeguard benefits such as the winter fuel payment, bus pass, free prescriptions and TV licences after the 2015 general election.

Heating and eating are top concerns for pensioners

2013 NIPP Report

A report launched today by a leading older people’s charity has highlighted the price of energy and food as the top concerns of pensioners in Northern Ireland; whilst worries about accessing health and social care have risen significantly over the last year.

The report, which summarises the findings of the 2013 Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament, found that four out of five pensioners are worried about the price of energy, whilst two out of three are worried about meeting the cost of food.

Issue 15 of aspire is online!

aspire magazine issue 15

The 15th issue of aspire - Age Sector Platform's magazine - is now available to view online.

The majority of this very special edition is dedicated to the work plans of Age Sector Platform’s Campaign Committees. Each article is written by the committee chair, and outlines what that committee will be working on in the coming year. It gives a great overview of our upcoming work in the five key areas which have been given priority through the findings of the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament.

Launch of Pensioners Trust

Launch of Pensioners Trust

‘Our today is your tomorrow’ is the message being put forward by Age Sector Platform today as it launches the Pensioners Trust, a unique fund being set up to engage with older people and support projects that will improve their lives.

The charity responsible for the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament claims that extra resources are needed to properly address the concerns currently facing the older population in Northern Ireland.

Video from 2013 NI Pensioners Parliament

2013 NI Pensioners Parliament

The 2013 Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament took place on Thursday 30 and Friday 31 May in Belfast. Almost 200 pensioners from across the province attended, with issues such as health and social care, community safety, making ends meet and age discrimination being discussed.

Issue 14 of aspire is online!

aspire magazine issue 14

Issue 14 of aspire - Age Sector Platform's magazine - is now available to view online.

Inside this edition you can read about the 2013 NI Pensioners Parliament which took place at the end of May and the vibrant debates over the two days. Also find out more about a new fear of crime project launched at the Parliament by the Justice Minister. In addition, you will find news about our very first Belfast Marathon, the launch of a report by the Consumer Council into food prices and an intergenerational event at Stormont.

Where are the millionaire pensioners in Northern Ireland?

Michael Monaghan

Where are the millionaire pensioners in Northern Ireland? That is the question being posed during the final day of the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament in Belfast today.

With much talk of benefits being withdrawn for wealthy pensioners during the past year, Parliament organisers are keen to expose the myth of the ‘millionaire pensioner’ and state the facts about average pensioners in Northern Ireland, many of whom are struggling to make ends meet.

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