Age NI educates, campaigns and lobbies the NI Executive, the NI Assembly and Government Authorities to ensure that older people’s issues are represented at the highest level.

Our policy team is challenging government to tackle the barriers of poverty and discrimination, and to improve health & social care provision. Successful campaigns have included working with our partners in the age sector to secure 80,000 additional fuel payments (worth £12.5 million) for older people and lobbying for an Older People’s Commissioner, appointed in 2011.

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All Party Group on Ageing and Older People

The All Party Group on Ageing and Older People is a cross party group of MLAs and was set up in May 2015 with Age NI acting as Secretariat. Its aim is to ensure that the issues affecting older people are a priority for the NI Assembly, to ensure that Assembly policies prepare NI for an ageing society and to encourage debate and engage in discussion with the NI Age Sector and MLAs.

Why now?

The UK population is ageing rapidly, but we have concluded that the Government and our society are woefully underprepared. Longer lives can be a great benefit, but there has been a collective failure to address the implications and without urgent action this great boon could turn into a series of miserable crises. Cited House of Lords Report, Ready for Ageing, Mar 2013

The UK Population is ageing rapidly

  • There are more than 350,000 older people in NI today (20% of the population)
  • The number of people aged 85+ has increased by almost a quarter since 2002
  • By 2033, those aged 85+ will account for 4% of the population (1 person in every 25)
  • 93,400 people aged 60 or over live on their own in Northern Ireland
  • By 2028 there will more people aged over 65 than under 16 for the first time.
  • By 2027 the numbers of over 65s will jump by 44% and there will be twice as many people living beyond the age of 85.
  • By 2062 its is estimated that the proportion of over 50s will be around 45% of the population, a rise of 70% from 1982.

Key Asks

  • To ensure the successful implementation and monitoring of the Ageing Strategy for NI (cited)
  • To ensure that the shaping of future legislation and services for older people in NI is informed through dialogue between older peoples’ groups, networks and political representatives.
  • To ensure that the current 350,000+ older people in Northern Ireland are treated as fully engaged citizens with equal rights
  • To ensure that provision is made for and consultation sought to support the growing ageing population of NI

How the All Party Group works

The group will meet 3 times a year at Parliament buildings, Stormont in Belfast. Each meeting is normally held on a Tuesday at 1pm and is open to the public. Please advise the Secretariat in advance of the meeting if you wish to attend. Meetings will be based around the key issues affecting older people with presentations and discussions with the NI Age Sector, key academics and other lead age and stakeholder organisations.

Members of the All Party Group on Ageing and Older People

Office Bearing Posts
Chair – Claire Sugden MLA, Constituency East Londonderry
Secretary – Chris Lyttle MLA, Constituency East Belfast
Treasurer – Fearghal McKinney MLA, South Belfast

Pam Cameron MLA, Constituency South Antrim
Stewart Dickson MLA, Constituency East Antrim
Megan Fearon MLA, Constituency Newry and Armagh
Sam Gardiner MLA, Constituency Upper Bann
Alex Maskey MLA, Constituency West Belfast
Kieran McCarthy MLA, Constituency Strangford
Robin Newtown MLA, Constituency East Belfast

Secretariat of the All Party Group on Ageing and Older People

Age NI act as Secretariat for the All Party Group on Ageing and Older People. If you would like to get in touch with the Secretariat please contact the Policy Department, Age NI on 02890 245729 or email [email protected]

If you wish to attend please advise Age NI, Secretariat for the All Party Group on Ageing and Older People, tel: 02890 245729 or email [email protected]