Govt’s pension freeze commitment to EU and IMF must be followed with a pledge not to cut State PensionMon, 29/11/2010 - 06:00
Age Action has expressed its disappointment that the Government has agreed to freeze the rate of the State Pension until 2015, as part of the bail out deal it has reached with the IMF and the EU.
“To target State pensioners specifically in this way without knowing how much inflation will rise by in the years to come is to sign away their responsibility for some of the most vulnerable members of our society,” Age Action spokesman Eamon Timmins said.
Older people on low incomes will be among those hardest hit by measures contained in the National Recovery Plan 2011-2014, Age Action has warned.
The older people’s charity noted that the document gave no commitment to protecting the Contributory or Non-Contributory State Pension, but did include a series of measures which will hurt the poorest and most vulnerable of older people.
Age Action is urging the general public to keep in contact with their older neighbours, and for older people to take basic steps to protect themselves and ensure they remain well and warm in their homes, ahead of the first pro-longed period of cold weather this winter, which Met Eireann is forecasting for this week.
Age Action has warned that the abuse meted out by a Co. Offaly man jailed yesterday for 15 years for the imprisonment and assault of his parents, highlights the need for greater public awareness of elder abuse so that other older people do not have to suffer similar ordeals in future.
3, Ireland’s largest high speed network and official National Broadband Scheme provider, today announced this year's winners of The 3 Silver Surfer Awards with Age Action, at a ceremony in The Gresham Hotel presented by Minister for Older People and Health Promotion, Aine Brady.
Politicians were today urged by Age Action to ensure that the December Budget protects the most vulnerable of older people, especially those who are dependent on the State for their pension, income supports, health, transport and housing.
The current economic crisis poses a major challenge for many older people who depend on the State for these essential services and supports, the older people’s charity told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection.
Age Action welcomes the publication today of the Ombudsman’s investigation into the right to nursing home care in Ireland.
The subject matter at the heart of the report – the public entitlement, in principle, to in-patient care under the 1970 Health Act for those needing a nursing bed – has long been an issue of contention for older people.
Age Action has welcomed the publication of new research which shows, for the first time, the extent of elder abuse in the Republic of Ireland.
The study by the National Centre for the Protection of Older People found that more than 18,000 older people have experienced some form of abuse or neglect since they turned 65. This equates to about 4% of the older population. The figures are broadly in line with the prevalence of elder abuse in other European countries.
Age Action organises public meeting to enable older people tell politicians their needs ahead of BudgetMon, 08/11/2010 - 06:00
Age Action is organising a mass public meeting to enable older people tell politicians what they need in the upcoming Budget and the difficulties living in Ireland as an older person.
Age Action is growing increasingly concerned that public commitments by the Government to protect the most vulnerable in the upcoming Budget, may ring hollow unless they are backed up with real action.
“A €9 cut to the State pension would not be the action of a Government which is committed to protecting the most vulnerable of older people,” Age Action Eamon Timmins said, commenting on media speculation about measures in the December Budget.