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Be fair to older people

April 8, 2009

BE FAIR TO

OLDER PEOPLE

The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament urges the Government to ensure that Older People are not further disadvantaged in Supplementary Budget April 2009. Máiréad Hayes, CEO of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament, stated that “Older People are still feeling the effects of Budget 2009. Many are fearful and frightened as they contemplate the changed economic circumstances both in Ireland and worldwide.”

The following table illustrates that when compared with the EU average State Pension at 60% of the average working wage, Ireland’s rate of 32.5% of the average working wage is almost half the EU average.


Country

State Pension as proportion of average working wage

Netherlands

81.9%

Spain

81.2%

Denmark

79.8%

Italy

67.9%

Sweden

62.1%

France

51.2%

Germany

39.9%

Ireland

32.5%

UK

30.8%

Source: Aon / OECD; 2007 European Pensions Barometer Report


Noting that Older People in the comparative countries have better health and social care systems she said this Budget must not further disadvantage vulnerable Older People and must treat with justice and fairness.

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