‘Budget 2022 missed opportunity to make Ireland a country fairer for old and young alike’, says ALONE

The organisation made the comment in response to Budget 2022

Dublin, 12th October 2021: ALONE, the organisation that supports older people to age at home, has today responded to Budget 2022. The organisation says that Budget 2022 highlights Ireland as a country where quality of life in old age is still something many strive for, due to the low increase in the State Pension and lack of actions to address the issues impacting on older people.

Announced today, Budget 2022 increased the State Pension by €5 per week to €253.30. ALONE has highlighted that this increase still leaves the State Pension €33.18 below the poverty line. Furthermore, the €5 increase does not to deliver on the government’s commitment to benchmark the State Pension at 34% of average weekly earnings.

Responding to Budget 2022, ALONE CEO Seán Moynihan said: “There are measures in Budget 2022 that are welcome by ALONE, such as the increase in the Living Alone Allowance, however, overall we are disappointed in Budget 2022 as it does not address the issues impacting Ireland’s older population. It is now also eight years since the publication of the National Positive Ageing Strategy and there has yet to be any investment in this. With an ageing demographic, it is imperative that funding be made available for the implementation of this strategy.

“ALONE wish to express our solidarity with the many households, young and old, who still experience great inequality despite the measures announced today. Debates regarding the Budget are often framed as ‘them versus us’, one generation against another. This is unhelpful and unfair. The issues affecting older people today will affect older people in the future.

“Older people still have to live on a State Pension below the poverty line and this is another missed opportunity by government to deliver on its commitment to benchmark the State Pension at 34% of average weekly earnings. At this rate, it will be Budget 2030 before a government finally reaches this target.

“The €5 increase in the Fuel Allowance and increase in the income threshold is welcome, however, we do not believe that this will alleviate the additional pressure households in fuel poverty will experience due to extreme increases in energy prices and Carbon Tax.

“The planned retrofitting of over 4,500 homes for people on low incomes or in energy poverty is a welcome measure. However, 4,500 is only a starting point as this figure would not address the need among the 65+ population in the least energy efficient homes. We continue to urge the government to invest in a Just Transition plan aimed at low income households in fuel poverty.

“Older people deserve an income above the poverty line and to be able to keep their home warm. This Budget does not provide that and does not take the necessary action required to address the issues impacting older people. Budget 2022 is a missed opportunity to make Ireland a fairer country, for old and young alike. Budget 2022 still leaves an Ireland where quality of life in old age is still something many strive for.”

‘Pension age increase re-writes the social contract in Ireland’, says ALONE

Dublin 8th October 20221: ALONE, the organisation that supports older people at home, has today said that it rejects the recommendation from the Pensions Commission on increasing the State Pension age. The Commission recommended that the State Pension be increased, on a gradual basis, to 68.

The organisation said that there are recommendations which are welcome, such as indexing and benchmarking the pension rate to 34% of average years, introducing an automatic enrolment system and aligning employment contracts with retirement ages to name a few. However, further details are needed on the implementation of these recommendations from Government.

Responding to the Pensions Commission recommendations, CEO Seán Moynihan commented: “There are some recommendations that ALONE broadly welcomes and we hope that more details on recommendations such as indexing and benchmarking will become available. As this is a comprehensive report, we will take more time to further reflect on the Commission’s findings.

“We welcome the fact that the Commission has recommended greater flexibility in accessing the State Pension. However, we are disappointed to see that the Commission has proposed an increase in the State Pension age. This, we believe, fundamentally re-writes the social contract in Ireland.

“People expect to retire at a reasonable age, gradually increasing the State Pension age is not an option. We simply reject the idea that keeping pension age 66 is unsustainable. We know that this is not the case.

“As highlighted by the Department of Finance, pension expenditure is set to increase from 7.4 per cent of GNI* in 2019 to 12.3 per cent in 2070, while age-related expenditure at the other of the life-cycle, such as education, are set to decrease. Thus, with adequate planning and provision would allow Ireland to avoid increasing its pension age.”

Call on Government to appoint a champion for National Positive Ageing Strategy

An Alliance of seven major organisations working in the ageing sector has called on Government to appoint a lead person to take charge of implementing the National Positive Ageing Strategy, in its Pre-Budget Submission 2022.

Members of The Alliance of Age Sector NGOs (the Alliance) have made two calls on Government as it finalises Budget 2022:

  1. To appoint a Champion, with a cross-Departmental brief, that will prioritise older people’s issues and resource the active implementation of the National Positive Ageing Strategy (NPAS).
  2. Take ageism seriously and implement a well-resourced and meaningful programme of action to counteract it.

The Alliance represents the collective thinking of seven significant NGOs working in the age sector including Active Retirement Ireland, Age & Opportunity, ALONE, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Irish Hospice Foundation, The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament and Third Age.

The Alliance today said:

“The National Positive Ageing Strategy (NPAS), published in 2013, has been waiting for Government to take it seriously. Had it been actively implemented in the seven years between publication and the pandemic, many of the negative effects on older people of the COVID-19 response could have been avoided.

“NPAS contains still relevant approaches to eliminating ageism, ensuring that ageing is taken seriously, that older people’s needs and preferences inform policy and practice, that most older people can age in place, get the supports they need, have options in their lives and can participate fully in all that’s going on.

“This vision is as valid as ever. While some progress has been made across the last ten years, full and meaningful implementation has yet to be brought about. Therefore, what we need now is a Government champion, with a cross-Departmental brief, who takes responsibility for focussed progress on tackling ageism and making the NPAS vision a reality.

“Only Government can bring together all stakeholders and ensure best quality collaboration. The Alliance believes that we need leadership and coordination, systematic engagement and real commitment, energetic implementation and meaningful monitoring.

“The Alliance believes that its two proposals will not represent a significant budget ask for Government, while the gains or dividend for us all as we age will be worth the effort. The Alliance would be pleased to work collaboratively with Government in supporting the implementation of the two key actions proposed.

“This Submission is a call to action to put in place a clearly led whole of Government response which will be key to ensuring a positive ageing experience for all of us. Without this, Ireland will be forever playing catch-up with demographic change.”

VODAFONE IRELAND FOUNDATION LAUNCHES NEW FIVE YEAR DEDICATED DIGITAL SKILLS LEARNING PROGRAMME FOR OLDER PEOPLE

Vodafone announces two new strategic charity partners – ALONE and Active Retirement Ireland.

  • Vodafone invests over €2M in Hi Digital, a nationwide social partnership with ALONE and Active Retirement Ireland, to deliver online and in-person digital skills training for older people.
  • Hi Digital is designed to support over 230,000 older people through a purpose-built education platform that will help to bridge the worsening digital divide experienced by older persons.

29 September 2021: Vodafone Ireland Foundation, has today announced new strategic partnerships with charities ALONE and Active Retirement Ireland to deliver a five-year dedicated, nationwide digital skills training programme called ‘Hi Digital’ for people over the age of 65.  

A first of its kind in Ireland, the programme has been created to support older people who lack digital skills, through online and in person training. Topics include: understanding Smartphone features and essential online skills that help enhance daily life: Keeping in touch through WhatsApp and social media, planning trips; researching interests and hobbies; online shopping, entertainment and banking, as well as educating on online safety.

Working with NGOs, this is the only programme in Ireland of this scale that offers a blended learning approach through multiple partnerships for older people. The announcement comes as 2021 United Nations International Day for Older Persons focuses on digital equity for all ages.  

With an investment of over €2million in the initiative, Vodafone Ireland Foundation hopes to directly impact over 230,000 older people and reach over 1 million people indirectly as families, friends and communities around older people are positively impacted by the Hi Digital project. In year one, Vodafone aims to directly reach 20,000 older people and it is anticipated this will grow steadily each year thereafter.

According to research, digital literacy levels in 65+ year-olds in Ireland are among the lowest in Europe, and well below the EU average (19% v 25%*), with the divide worsening for those in rural locations.

The pandemic has exacerbated this problem as it saw more communities and services move online at an unprecedented rate with many older people being effectively shut off from essential services. In addition to being disadvantaged on a practical level, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, older people have become more at risk of depression and loneliness. 

Vodafone Foundation’s dedicated Hi Digital learning platform has been built with older people in mind, with programme partners Active Retirement Ireland and ALONE supporting in the creation of content that will be relevant and useful in the day to day lives of older people. Available from today at www.hidigital.ie the platform is made for beginners and will support those helping older people get online, self-learners, and by partners delivering the project.

Participants can work through the programme online at their own pace, or can take part in group classes or one to one mentoring which will be rolled out nationally in the new year.  Interest can be registered through the website or the dedicated number:1800 203030.

The programme will be delivered and facilitated by grassroots volunteers from Vodafone Ireland and Foundation, Active Retirement Ireland and ALONE in a number of ways:

•            Face-to-face with Active Retirement Ireland /ALONE volunteers

•            Small group training

•            Virtual training

Anne O’Leary, CEO, Vodafone Ireland said, “Through our commitment to this programme, we want to change older people’s attitude and behaviour towards technology. We want to empower older people by educating them on how to use the internet and explain the benefits it can have on their daily lives. We are also delighted to partner with two new strategic charity partners, Active Retirement Ireland and ALONE, who have worked closely with us on the Hi Digital content and will support the rollout of the platform in communities across the country.

“As technology continues to improve and advance, increasingly in Ireland and across Europe, we are seeing a digital divide between generations. This digital divide is not only creating social isolation among older people, but poses a long-term threat to mental health, leading to a risk of depression for older generations as communities and services become increasingly digitized.

“In response to this, we have built a 360° digital literacy upskilling platform which will be delivered through online and face-to-face training, using the Vodafone Broadband Connection Points and Gigabit Hubs, expert NGO support, and Vodafone’s premium network, with the aim of increasing digital literacy in older people. Additionally, we believe this project can reduce feeling of loneliness amongst older people, and its effects on their mental health.”


Maureen Kavanagh CEO Active Retirement Ireland said: Active Retirement Ireland is delighted to be involved in this partnership with Vodafone that will see thousands of older people learning essential IT skills in their communities through our new programme  “Digital Skills for everyday Living”. This programme is a nationwide initiative empowering older people to embrace the digital world. We will have online learning resources as well as a network of community partners who will offer support & training so older people can develop their digital skills with confidence.”

Sean Moynihan, CEO, ALONE said:“ALONE’s aim is to create an infrastructure to empower older people to use technology, enabling the user to manage their social connection, health, safety and security. Our partnership with Hi Digital help us on this journey.

He continued: “Our actions aim to help older people bridge the digital divide by getting them online. Over the next five years, thanks to the Vodafone Foundation, ALONE will expand our offering upskilling local community groups and organisations who support older people across the country through a mix of in-person and online training sessions. We want older people to feel empowered and Hi Digital will enable them to gain valuable digital skills ensuring, competence and confidence.”

From today people can participate in the programme online at www.hidigital.ie or can register their interest in taking part in group classes or one to one mentoring which will go live in the new year online or through the dedicated number:1800 203030.

15,000 older people supported by ALONE in 2020

ALONE have released their 2020 Annual Report, ‘The Story of Resilience, Dedication and Commitment’

Dublin, 27 September 2021   ALONE, the organisation that supports older people to age at home, launched its Annual Report, ‘The Story of Resilience, Dedication and Commitment’, demonstrating growth of 174% in the number of older people receiving ongoing support from ALONE over a twelve-month period. Those seeking and who received support increased from 5,410 in 2019 to around 15,000 in 2020. ALONE operated all services 365 days of the year in 2020 and are now concentrating on growth to ensure sustainability of service.

ALONE worked across three Government Departments and with countless other agencies “in the true spirit of cooperation”. The organisation’s National Support and Referral Line created direct access to ALONE’s integrated service model. This line provided access to services, advice and information while some examples of their key achievements in numbers are receiving almost 42,000 calls in 2020; receiving 1,100 calls in one day at its peak. Nearly 139,000 calls were placed to older people from ALONE staff and volunteers.

ALONE entered the COVID-19 pandemic with 2,000 volunteers increasing this figure to 3,000 by the end of 2020.

The organisation saw a 700% increase to Telephone Support & Befriending services. While almost 800 new older people were linked into ALONE’s Support and Befriending service. These vital calls not only alleviated loneliness and isolation in an older person’s life it also provided them with health information, appointment and medication reminders and gave them information, support and encouragement to get through COVID-19.

ALONE’s innovation in technology enabled them to support thousands of older people to live independently at home. Assistive technology provides older people with security and support to self-manage and share information on health and well-being with family and health professionals. Older people were supported with Smartphones, Tablets, Pendant Alarms and smart home sensors throughout Ireland

ALONE CEO Seán Moynihan stated, “ALONE decided to stand up and be counted, the strength and courage to do this comes from our culture. Our culture and history, informs our movements and keeps us grounded to our purpose. Our reason to exist as an NGO is to be there when you are needed most. 2020 was the year our sector and the community showed our value.”

He continued, “Our focus remains with older people and we always ensure to respond in line with our vision, mission, values and our strategy. We will now turn our focus to growth and quality of service so we can continue to support and empower as many older people as possible across Ireland.”

Joe Sheehy, Chairperson of ALONE’s Board of Trustees, stated, “ALONE has grown significantly in 2020 and is likely to continue to do so in 2021, benefiting greater numbers of older people throughout Ireland. We have achieved great things as an organisation during the past year and most importantly we have reached more older people than ever before in 2020. We remain committed to investment in technology for older people to assist in aging at home and also in driving Housing with Supports as a key pillar for delivery.”

ALONE dedicated pages in their Annual Report to remembering all of those lost and they thank everyone that has supported and worked with them, stating, “We now need to take the learning and ensure protection and security for this cohort now and into the future.”

Read the full Annual Report here.

‘In no uncertain terms will a €5 increase in the State Pension be acceptable’

ALONE says Budget 2022 must deliver on commitment made by government at setting the State Pension at 34% of average earnings

Dublin, 17th September: ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has today responded to recent publications from the Department of Finance regarding the State Pension with disappointment. The organisation disagrees with claims that keeping the state pension at 66 years of age is unaffordable, and said that limiting the increase in the state pension to €5 is ‘unacceptable’.

Published this week, the Department of Finance released the Tax Strategy Group papers, which proposed a €5 increase in the State Pension. In addition, the Department of Finance also published this week the ‘Population Ageing and the Public Finances in Ireland’ report, which suggests linking the State Pension age to life expectancy to reduce ‘cost burden’.

Responding to the publication, CEO of ALONE Seán Moynihan commented: “As an organisation we are still reflecting on the publications from the Department of Finance, however, initially we are disappointed at some of their proposals, particularly on linking the pension age to life expectancy and the proposed €5 increase to the State Pension.

“We do not believe that the pension age should be increased again and believe that this is a sustainable position. As highlighted by the Department of Finance, pension expenditure is set to increase from 7.4 per cent of GNI* in 2019 to 12.3 per cent in 2070, while age-related expenditure at the other end of the life-cycle, such as education, are set to decrease. Thus, adequate planning and provision would allow Ireland to avoid increasing its pension age.”

He continued, “Linking the pension age to life expectancy is also an unfair approach, it does not take into consideration the impact of labour-intensive jobs, such as construction, have on a person’s quality of life in older age. Working into our late 60s and beyond should be an option not an obligation.

“ALONE is also disappointed regarding the proposed €5 increase in the State Pension. We must make this clear to government: in no uncertain terms, will a €5 increase in the State Pension be acceptable. The State Pension must be increased by €10 or more to deliver on commitments in the Programme for Government on setting the pension at 34% of average weekly earnings.

“Lastly, there has been an unpleasant rhetoric when discussing the State Pension in recent months. Words like ‘burden’ are unhelpful, demeaning and hurtful. Older people are not a burden. They deserve more than a tokenistic €5 here and there. With an ageing population, there are both challenges and opportunities and we must plan and make provisions for the increase in the ageing population.

“Older people deserve respect. Older people deserve dignity. Older people deserve a decent income. Older people deserve this and more,” Moynihan concluded.

As part of ALONE’s Budget 2022 submission, the organisation has made the following recommendations on the State Pension:

  • Keep the pension age at 66
  • Increase the State Pension by €10.50 per year over the next five years, triple-lock and benchmarking
  • Introduce legislation to implement the Total Contributions Approach

ALONE’s Budget 2022 submission can be found here.

‘Fuel Allowance accounted for with fees, taxes and increased charges’, says ALONE

The organisation also highlights energy supplier increases of up to nearly €500 this year

Dublin, 13th September 2021: ALONE, the organisation that supports older people to age at home, today called on government to extend the Fuel Allowance season to 32-weeks and increase the payment by €4 per week. The organisation’s call comes against the backdrop of dramatic increases in fuel prices over 2021, placing many older people at greater risk of fuel poverty.

As it now stands, 65% of the current Fuel Allowance will be spent by an individual in order to cover increased charges and growing Carbon Tax figures. The organisation has highlighted that a number of energy suppliers have increased their prices over 2021, with some suppliers increasing prices four times throughout the year. The highest increase to the average annual electricity bill was nearly €495 and the highest increase to the average gas bill was over €301.

Budget 2022 will also see the Carbon Tax increase again by €7.50 per tonne. With the average household set to accumulate carbon charges of €92.94 (additional €17)[1] next year, the Fuel Allowance will dwindle to €272 remaining.

The organisation also highlighted home energy efficiency as an area government must improve to reduce fuel poverty. According to the last Census, many older people are living in poorly energy efficient homes, with nearly 70 per cent of over 75s living in homes with a Building Energy Rating (BER) of D – G.

CEO of ALONE Seán Moynihan commented: “Older people are one of the highest at risk groups of fuel poverty, with many relying on the State Pension as their main source of income, which is below the poverty line. Nearly 3,000 deaths are related to fuel poverty on the island of Ireland over the winter months, the highest in Europe[2], older people make up the bulk of these deaths.

“ALONE is calling for the Fuel Allowance season to be extended by 32-weeks and for the payment to be increased by €4 per week. This will help minimise the impact of the Carbon Tax and energy supplier increase on households in fuel poverty.

“Government must also ensure that households in fuel poverty are prioritised a part of the retrofitting programme and are provided with additional support to upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes.”

The organisation has also called for a new anti-fuel poverty strategy, that provides actions to address energy price increases, the impact of climate change on households in fuel poverty and the need to improve home energy efficiency of these households.

Mr Moynihan continued: “The government’s previous fuel poverty strategy, ‘A Strategy to Combat Energy Poverty 2016 – 2019’, is now two years out of date and recent energy price increases call for a new urgent and comprehensive strategy as part of a Just Transition. We note that the government is conducting a review of the 2016 strategy.

“This new strategy must provide immediate actions that address the frequent energy price increases households have experienced, the impact of climate change on households in fuel poverty and the need to improve energy efficiency of these households. In a climate emergency, we need to ensure that there is a Just Transition. We cannot leave anyone behind.”


[1] https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/debates/question/2021-05-13/216/

[2] McAvoy, Helen, ‘All-Ireland policy paper on fuel poverty and health’, Irish Public Health Centre (December 2007)

ALONE strongly oppose reported pension age increase recommendation from the Commission on Pensions

ALONE is disappointed to learn of the reports that the Commission on Pensions is to recommend gradually increasing the pension age from 2028 to 2031. The organisation states, ‘working into our late 60s and beyond should be an option, not an obligation, particularly for older works engaged in labour-intensive work.’

CEO Seán Moynihan commented, “We do not agree that the pension age should be increased and believe that keeping the pension at 66 is sustainable.

“We are aware of the arguments brought forward by proponents of pension age increase, maintaining that the current pension age will be financially unsustainable for the State. While pension expenditure is set to increase from 7.4 per cent of GNI* in 2019 to 12.3 per cent in 2070, age-related expenditures at the other end of the life-cycle, such as education, are set to decrease. Thus, adequate planning and provision would allow Ireland to avoid increasing its pension age.

“Proponents of pension age increases also point to an increase in quality of life, allowing for people to work longer into older age. However, this point of view fails to take into consideration the fact that 126,100 adults over 55 are living with frailty, which could impact their need to retire early and could therefore impact their ability to meet contributions for a full pension.”

As part of ALONE’s Budget 2022 submission, the organisation has made the following recommendations on the State Pension:

  • Keep the pension age at 66
  • Increase the State Pension by €10.50 per year over the next five years, triple-lock and benchmarking
  • Introduce legislation to implement the Total Contributions Approach

ALONE’s Budget 2022 submission can be found here.

ALONE calls for Budget 2022 to be the budget that finally supports older people now and in the future

Dublin, 7th September 2021: ALONE, the organisation that supports older people to age safely and securely at home, has today launched its Budget 2022 submission, ‘Future-proofing Ireland for Older People’. The organisation has put forward a number of recommendations across social protection, housing, health and loneliness that aims to support Ireland’s current and future older demographic.

Ireland’s over 65 population is expected to reach nearly 1 million by 2031, with ALONE stating increased investment is needed across health, social protection and housing in the long-term. The organisation has highlighted that a lack of investment is negatively impacting quality of life for an ageing demographic.

Speaking on ALONE’s Budget 2022 submission, CEO Seán Moynihan commented; “ALONE has put forward a number of measures that we believe puts in place the necessary supports and plans for an ageing demographic. We believe that Budget 2022 should be the budget that lifts older people above the poverty line, addresses current and future housing needs and supports older people to age in place.

“We know that the recommendations proposed by ALONE are not possible without investment, but these measures are necessary and will save the state in the long-term.

“We believe that Budget 2022 presents an opportunity. It is an opportunity to support ageing. Older people deserve the choice to age at home. Older people deserve a State Pension that provides an income above the poverty line. Older people deserve the right to home care. Older people deserve this much and more.”

ALONE’sBudget 2022 submission recommendations include;

  • Increase the State Pension by €10.50, triple-lock and implement benchmarking. An older person on the Contributory State Pension is €38.18 below the poverty line. ALONE believe that the State Pension should be triple-locked at 35% of average weekly earnings, 2.5% annually, or the rate of inflation, whichever is greater. Triple-locking the State Pension will not only help to ensure that older people can receive an adequate income, but also protects pensions when average earnings drop. There is a commitment to setting the State Pension at 34/35% of average weekly earnings in the Roadmap for Pensions Reform 2018 – 2023 and benchmarking pension payments in the Roadmap for Social Inclusion 2020 – 2025.
  • Set the Fuel Allowance season to 32-weeks and increase by €4 per week to minimise the impact of the Carbon Tax and energy supplier increases on households in fuel poverty. The Fuel Allowance eligibility criteria should also be reviewed.
  • Reconfigure the Telephone Support Allowance to a Telephone and Technology Support Allowance to help support older people to access digital technology. This Allowance should also be increased by €5 to €7.50.
  • An Older Person Technology Grant of €250 to help support older people to buy technology such as e-Health devices, voice enabled devices, emergency response alarms, tablets or smart phone devices and smart home sensors.
  • Introduce legislation on a statutory homecare.
  • Keep the pension age at 66.
  • Provide a path towards long-term lease agreements to ensure security of tenure. There are workarounds to perceived constitutional issues. Incentivize right-sizing. 59,462 homes are needed for older people who choose right-sizing which is key to ensuring housing is accessible to all and supports ageing in place.
  • 45,905 supportive housing units are needed through social housing. This is a housing target aligned to the changing demographics over the next 10 years, equating to 4,590 units per year.
  • €84.5 million per year over the next 10 years via the Home Adaptation Grants (through the Housing Aid for Older People Scheme) to support older people to upgrade their homes to age-friendly standards.

‘Housing for All must deliver for ageing demographic’, says ALONE

ALONE gauges how the new strategy compares to their nine Housing for All asks

Dublin, 2 September 2021   ALONE, the organisation that supports older people to age at home, has broadly welcomed the government’s new housing strategy, ‘Housing for All – A New Housing Plan for Ireland’, which was announced earlier today.

Commenting on Housing for All, CEO of ALONE Seán Moynihan stated, “ALONE welcomes the Housing for All strategy, and in particular the focus on older people. We need to grow and maintain support for older people to age safely and securely in their own home. ALONE are reassured with the further reference to building on the work done under the Housing Options for our Ageing Population Policy Statement.”

“The number of people aged over-65 is estimated to be in excess of 740,000 and is projected to increase to 1.6 million in 2051. We need to plan for this increase in our older population and Housing for All can do this by investing in housing options that allow older people to age in their own home.” 

The organisation believes that the housing targets announced today need to have a percentage ring-fenced for older people. ALONE estimate that at least 4,590 supportive housing units are needed through social housing per year over the next ten years to meet the needs of the ageing population. ALONE welcome plans for Local Authorities to set out how age-friendly social homes will be delivered for older people, matching the scale and extent of housing need.

Moynihan continued, “The number of people in the private rental market aged 45 – 54 has increased by 248% and by 144% among those aged 55 – 64 from 1991 to 2016, according to the latest Census and we expect this to increase further. We need to consider how will this demographic pay rent in retirement? Without sufficient housing supply across Local Authority, Approved Housing Bodies or subsidised accommodation, the sustainability of these homes on reduced post-retirement incomes is a real concern.”

“As an organisation, we welcome Housing for All and look forward to working with the Minister and his Department in delivering the actions outlined.”