Alliance of Age Sector Launches Pre-Budget Submission 2024
The Alliance of Age Sector NGOs (of which IHF is a member) has launched its Pre-Budget Submission 2024 making one call to Government as it finalises Budget 2024: To support the Alliance’s call for the speedy establishment of an Independent Commissioner for Ageing and Older People that would account directly to the Oireachtas, with a mandate to safeguard and protect the interests and well-being of older people and an ageing population.
Ireland is ageing faster than anywhere else in Europe. The over-65 population has grown by 35% over the past decade and it is predicted that this group will reach 1 million people by 2031.
Independent Commissioners, with strong track records of achievements, are in place in both Northern Ireland (established 2011 with a £1.5m budget in 2022) and Wales (established 2008 with a £1.1m budget in 2022).
This single investment – the establishment of an Independent Commissioner for Ageing and Older People, will help to ensure that Ireland’s various policy commitments relevant to older people are meaningfully monitored and that older people are treated with respect and on an equal basis with the rest of the population.