Tackling Pensioner Poverty

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2023 National Retired Members Conference
14 June 2023

Conference notes with real concern the ongoing cost of living crisis, which has impacted significantly on the costs of food and energy particularly. Conference notes that for older people on fixed, low incomes, rising costs place them under great financial pressure.

Conference notes that increasing numbers of pensioners in Northern Ireland are living in poverty, with 16% of pensioners in Northern Ireland living in relative poverty. Conference believes that no older person should live in poverty and regrets that an Anti-Poverty strategy for Northern Ireland has yet to be brought forward.

Conference acknowledges the efforts of our activists and retired members in Northern Ireland in supporting the ICTU ‘Workers Demand Better’ campaign calling for action to be taken to address the cost of living crisis both by the UK government and devolved government in Northern Ireland.

Conferences therefore calls on the National Retired Members Committee, working with the Northern Ireland Region, to support ongoing efforts to tackle pensioner poverty in Northern Ireland.