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Health Reform set to be hot topic at NI Pensioners Parliament

Health Panel

Belfast is set to have a decidedly more mature feel during the next few days as the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament comes to town. Almost 200 pensioners from every county in the province will gather to take part in the annual event which will cover topics like health reform, fear of crime and energy prices.

Well done to our Marathon runners!

Running for Parliament

Running for Parliament Team L-R:  Eddie Lynch, Sam McWilliams, Eleanor Mallon, Alison McKenna and Ivan Baxter

The Belfast City Marathon was held on Monday (6th May), with around 17,500 people taking part in the event. In this, its first year of participation, Age Sector Platform was represented by two relay teams with 10 individuals running a leg of the 26.2 mile marathon route to raise money for the charity.

Old and young have their say

Intergenerational event

Linking Generations Northern Ireland (LGNI), in partnership with Age Sector Platform and the Northern Ireland Youth Forum, hosted an intergenerational ‘Have Your Say’ event yesterday to celebrate European Day of Solidarity between Generations.

The event, which took place in the Senate Chamber in Parliament Buildings, brought younger and older people together to discuss and have their say on issues that are cross generational.  It was co-sponsored by Megan Fearon MLA, Mickey Brady MLA and Basil McCrea MLA.

County Down Pensioners Parliament 2013

County Down Pensioners Parliament 2013

Pensioners from across County Down gathered in the Downshire Estate in Downpatrick on Friday for the last of seven greatly received Pensioners Parliaments which have taken place across Northern Ireland in last few months.  The event was officially opened by Chairman of Down District Council, Cllr Mickey Coogan (pictured above).

County Tyrone Pensioners Parliament 2013

County Tyrone Pensioners Parliament 2013

Almost 60 pensioners from across County Tyrone gathered in the Fir Trees Hotel in Strabane on Friday for the penultimate Pensioners Parliament; the last of which will take place in Downpatrick on Friday 19 April.

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

Running for Parliament - Sponsor our Marathon team!

Marathon team photo

With an age span of 51 years, our team is running in the Belfast City Marathon on 6th May 2013 to raise money for Age Sector Platform (ASP), the charity responsible for the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament.

Leading our team is ASP member Ivan Baxter (73), who is a seasoned runner and by far the fittest of the lot! The remainder of the team is made up of Age Sector Platform staff and former staff. We’re hoping we can keep up with Ivan’s pace!

County Derry / Londonderry Pensioners Parliament 2013

County Derry/Londonderry Pensioners Parliament 2013

Almost 60 pensioners from across County Derry/Londonderry gathered in the City Hotel in the Maiden City on Thursday for the fifth of seven Pensioners Parliaments; the remainder of which will take place in the coming weeks.

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

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.

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