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General Election 2011: Support Older People

February 21, 2011

In the run-up to General Election 2011 the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament today stepped up its campaign to “Support Older People”.

Máiréad Hayes, CEO of the Parliament outlined the five tenets of the campaign:

  • Support Older Peoples Income
  • Support Universal Health Care
  • Support the Eradication of Elder Abuse
  • Support Positive Ageing
  • Support Older People in the Community

The ISCP has distributed thousands of Election Campaign sheets to its members & are encouraging them to actively engage with all candidates from all political parties to “Support Older People”. We have organised a number of meetings around the country enabling Older People to engage with the Election candidates, thus ensuring that the “Voice Of The Elderly” is heard.

Click here to view / download the ISCP’s Election Campaign sheet to “Support Older People”.

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BUDGET 2011 – Does it Protect Older People?

December 11, 2010

In the run-up to Budget 2011 the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament campaigned to “Protect Older People”. We maintained that it was vital that Older People be protected from the worst of the ravages arising from the Budget. Has today’s Budget 2011 accomplished this simple aim?

“Older People needed protection in the Budget. We very much welcome the  essential maintenance of the State Pension as well as the extra €40 in the fuel allowance. However it was disappointing to see that income tax age credits are to be phased out. This will only affect Older People, whose income will be taxed by up to an extra €325 per person. In addition Income Tax Age exemptions are being abolished over 4 years, again targeting pensioners with pretty low incomes.

Máiréad Hayes, CEO of the Parliament outlined the six planks underpinning the campaign:

  • Protect the State Pension
  • Protect Income
  • Protect Health Services
  • Protect against Fuel Poverty
  • Protect Transport Services
  • Protect Older People at Home

“Older People are well aware of the grave challenges facing Irish society. They are directly affected but also indirectly through their families”, continued Ms Hayes. “They help with childcare. They see their children losing jobs and their grandchildren emigrate. They witness the pay cuts and decreases in social welfare payments. Their families are hit with tax increases and cuts to the minimum wage. In summary profound anxiety for their adult children and grandchildren predominates, for although pensioners may have been saved the worst of direct cuts, the future will be one of struggling to help their families manage in
the most straitened of circumstances.”

“The future is still one of scrimping to make ends meet as the spending power of the pension is reduced with additional service changes and the scrapping of PRSI & Health Levy reliefs on pensions”, concluded Ms Hayes.

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BUDGET 2011 – It’s not too late to Protect Older People

December 6, 2010

In the run-up to Budget 2011 the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament today ramped up its campaign to “Protect Older People”. The cold snowy weather and Budget 2011 both present special challenges to Older People. The weather threatens hypothermia, isolation and broken bones. The Budget threatens cutbacks and tax increases. Both events threaten service reductions. It is vital that Older People be protected from the worst of the ravages arising from both the weather and the Budget.

ISCP CEO Máiréad Hayes

Máiréad Hayes, CEO of the Parliament outlined the six planks underpinning the campaign:

  • Protect the State Pension
  • Protect Income
  • Protect Health Services
  • Protect against Fuel Poverty
  • Protect Transport Services
  • Protect Older People at Home

“Older People need protection from the current adverse conditions. We would support the good work of our member organisations and continue to ask people to visit their older neighbours and assist with their heating, shopping and transport needs. If people can help Older People by cleaning a path or giving them a lift or getting in some food & fuel, we can regain the community spirit for which the Irish are famed. Older People make up a substantial number of the 2000 winter related deaths and need to be protected.”

“Older People of course need protection in the Budget. Our reading of the ‘4 Year Recovery Plan’ and the leaks indicate potential devastation for Older People,” she continued. “We are also calling for an extra week’s fuel allowance to help compensate for the freezing conditions.”

“Those who live alone have extra needs”, she concluded.

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Start the discussion NOW!!

July 16, 2009

IT’S TIME

to decide and start the discussion about  the Ireland we all want to grow Old in.

Lets start IT Now.

Speaking today following the publication of An Bord Snip Nua Report, Máiread Hayes CEO of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament stated that “the Menu, choice and range of options in this report have the potential to detrimentally affect the lives of all Older People. The Menu ranges far and wide and if even partially implemented will have lasting consequences on the lives of all Older People”.

Noting Minister Lenihan’s remarks that “these are the choices we as a people and not just as public representatives and Government will have to face up to etc” on behalf of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament she asked, “what process is the Minister proposing to ensure that all the people can be involved in the decisions”.

The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament wants and demands to be involved in the discussions and debates about the range of options contained in the report both in its own right as an organisation and also as part of the Community and Voluntary Pillar of Social Partnership.

Concluding she said “Minister lets have a timetable and start the debate now about the kind of Ireland in which Older People will be cherished.

 

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