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Media Statement: Budget 2018

October 9, 2017

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The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament (ISCP), representing 300 affiliated organisations calls on all those involved in the BUDGET 2018 negotiations to remember their election promises to Older People and to ensure that Budget 2018 measures, incrementally seek the implementation of

A Programme of Recovery for Older People 2018-2020

We now need concrete proposals and timelines which will incrementally restore and improve the conditions, health and general wellbeing of all older people.

To achieve this we seek an increase of €6.00 for those on:

  1. State Pension
  2. Living Alone Allowance
  3. Aged Over 80.

These three categories are vulnerable and Budget 2018 must take care of them.

We welcomed the gradual restoration of the State Pension in Budget 2017, despite the deferred payment date. The ‘older old’ and those who live alone are of particular concern to our members.   In most cases, their savings are gone and they have additional expenses and outlays as a result of increased frailty and lack of mobility. Further, their costs and taxes, such as Property Tax, Prescription Charges and the Drugs Repayment Scheme, are the same for them as a 6 person household.

Our specific proposals, informed by input from members across Ireland, are for the RESTORATION OF CUTS and an outline of a time table for delivery of the Household Benefits Package and other areas which were cut. The restoration of the Telephone Allowance is a top priority for older people in Budget 2018.

Adequate heating, in particular an increase in the means tested Fuel Allowance, is a priority. All the utility companies have, or, are about to increase their charges and the government PSO levy is also to increase. That is why we are asking for a reinstatement of a further 3 weeks of this allowance for Winter 2017/2018.

ENDS

9th October 2017

Contact details: Mairead Hayes, 086 349 8848

https://www.facebook.com/seniorsparl/

 

 

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DCU Love of Life Long Learning

October 3, 2017

A wide range of modules are being offered by DCU Age-Friendly University this Autumn for older people, beginning October 16th.

For more information on the Love of Life Long Learning Programme, call 01 700 8933 or e-mail Christine at christine.okelly@dcu.ie

 

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DCU Educational Opportunities

September 8, 2017

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Some exciting opportunities for older people are available at Dublin City University (DCU). DCU is an Age Friendly University, and is committed to widening access to higher education, and enhancing the lives of older people through educational programmes and research. For more information, contact the DCU Age Friendly programme here.

Opportunities:

1. An extended range of modules from DCU’s undergraduate programme are available to take on an audit only basis for this Semester.  These modules have been reduced to 100.00 per course from 250.00.  There are no exams or assignments but participants do need to download and compete the registration with DCU and details of the courses are on www.dcu.ie/agefriendly under Current Opportunities.  As the Semester is due to commence shortly there is a short window of opportunity to register for a place. If participants wish to undertake this course for credit towards an award they will have to undertake assignments and exams and the cost for this is €500.

2. The Taste of DCU will take place on Friday, September 29th – 9.30 am4.00pm.  This is a free event on the DCU campus and is a whole day of mini modules delivered by DCU lecturers, showcasing the range of opportunities in DCU.  The main activities will take place in the Henry Grattan building and a photo exhibition by the DCU Digital Photography Group will take place on The Street in the Henry Grattan.

 

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Breda O’Malley

September 4, 2017

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We are sorry to advise that our former Executive Committee member, Breda O’Malley, passed away on Friday, the 1st of September.

Breda represented Westport ARA on the Executive Committee of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament from 2000-2013 and in that time she served as Honorary Secretary, Treasurer, Trustee and as a Director.  An outstanding example of older people advocating for themselves Breda was involved in our protests in both 2011 and 2013. In 2013 her apt poster attracted a lot of press interest and was printed in many newspapers.

She worked on behalf of older people with her local and national representatives and was active in her community.

Our thoughts are with her nieces and nephews and all her friends at this sad time.

May she rest in peace.

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2018 Pre-Budget Submission Leaflet

August 28, 2017

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News in Brief – August 2017

August 28, 2017

Download PDF version of the August News in Brief here.

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Media Statement: The Fair Deal & Vacant Housing

August 15, 2017

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The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament (ISCP) is concerned at statements from the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy relating to the possible alteration of rules to the Fair Deal regarding the leasing out of vacant property by older people.

Though at this stage, details of potential changes remain unclear, we feel that forcing older people would not represent a solution to the current housing crisis. Indeed, older people already contribute 80% of their income in order to cover the cost of nursing home care. We feel this is more than enough.

Whilst we fully recognise the urgency of the situation, such an arrangement would not offer a fair or appropriate solution. With funding for social housing cut by almost 90% between 2008 and 2014, alongside a waiting list of 90,000 households, it is clear where the problem lies. In order to adequately address the housing crisis, an increased supply of housing, as well as a focus on provision of housing suitable to the specific needs of many older people, is required. Indeed, where, for example, older people wish to downsize their property, they should be facilitated to do so. As part of efforts to tackle the housing crisis, choice, fairness and autonomy must be preserved.

We call on the Minister to clarify his position on the matter and would urge the Government to respect and consider the needs and wishes of older people in relation to this issue.

Máiréad Hayes

CEO

086 349 8848