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Pensioners Parliament calls for Emergency Fuel Payment

Francis Hughes

Whilst forecasters are currently predicting that the month of March will be the coldest in 50 years, Age Sector Platform has called on the NI Executive to assist pensioners struggling to heat their homes this winter.

The charity, which is responsible for the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament, claims a £100 fuel payment made last winter to vulnerable pensioners made a huge difference and has called for the payment to be made again to help older people struggling to heat their homes.

Pensioners claim new flat-rate pension is 'unfair'

Patricia Donald

Age Sector Platform, a local charity representing 200,000 older people across Northern Ireland, has responded to today’s budget announcement, branding the Government’s planned flat-rate pension scheme as unfair to existing pensioners.

The flat-rate pension of £144, mentioned in today’s budget speech, will now be introduced a year earlier than planned, with new pensioners affected from April 2016.

County Armagh Pensioners Parliament 2013

County Armagh Pensioners Parliament 2013

Around 80 pensioners from across County Armagh gathered in Armagh City Hotel on Thursday for the fourth of seven highly anticipated Pensioners Parliaments due to take place across Northern Ireland in the coming weeks.

All eager to make their voices heard on the problems they face at present, the County Armagh pensioners discussed and voted on issues such as making ends meet, health and social care and fear of crime.

County Antrim Pensioners Parliament 2013

County Antrim Pensioners Parliament 2013

Around 70 pensioners from across County Antrim gathered in the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre in Ballymoney on Friday for the third of seven highly anticipated Pensioners Parliaments due to take place across Northern Ireland in the coming weeks.

All eager to make their voices heard on the problems they face at present, the County Antrim pensioners discussed and voted on issues such as making ends meet, health and social care and fear of crime.

County Fermanagh Pensioners Parliament 2013

County Fermanagh Pensioners Parliament 2013

Around 60 pensioners from across County Fermanagh gathered in the Lakeland Forum in Enniskillen on Friday for the second of seven highly anticipated Pensioners Parliaments due to take place across Northern Ireland in the coming weeks.

All eager to make their voices heard on the problems they face at present, the County Fermanagh pensioners discussed and voted on issues such as making ends meet, health and social care and fear of crime.

Lack of progress on fuel poverty

Lack of progress on fuel poverty

Age Sector Platform has criticised the Northern Ireland Executive for its lack of progress in tackling the issue of fuel poverty; prompted by provisional figures from this year’s NI Pensioners Parliament survey which suggest that ‘keeping warm in winter’ has remained the top concern of older people for the third year running.

Take part in the 2013 Belfast Marathon for Age Sector Platform!

Belfast Marathon

Age Sector Platform is looking for runners or walkers to take part in The Belfast Marathon, Walk, Relay or Fun Run on Monday 6 May 2013.

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.

Check out issue 13 of aspire!

aspire magazine issue 13

Issue 13 of aspire - Age Sector Platform's magazine - is now available to view online.

Inside this edition you can read about the launch of the 2012 NI Pensioners Parliament report at Stormont and find out more information about the 2013 Parliament. In addition, you will find news about a meeting with the Justice Minister, some useful ageing statistics from the 2011 Census, a report from our trip to Westminster and information on our exciting new online tool for the ‘Silver Saver’ campaign.

Fear of the cold is top concern for pensioners

Fear of the cold at stormont debate

A report launched today has found that the biggest worry facing the older population here is keeping warm in winter, with four out of five pensioners in Northern Ireland concerned about the cost of heating their home.

The 2012 Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament Report, launched by Age Sector Platform, also highlighted fear of crime, food prices and access to health and social care as major concerns for the older population.

Read 12th edition of aspire!

aspire magazine issue 12

Issue 12 of aspire - Age Sector Platform's magazine - is now available to view online.

Inside this edition we have a report from Age Sector Platform’s sixth AGM held in September; including the address by guest speaker John Compton (Chief Executive of the Health & Social Care Board). You can also read an update on the on-going ‘Silver Saver’ campaign, and learn more about the Platform’s Campaign Committees.

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