Age NI welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Draft Budget 2011- 2015.
We recognise the current climate with regards to the budget and we understand that difficult decisions must be made, but believe that this presents an opportunity to put ageing at the heart of the plans. However, there is no evidence in this Budget or the individual departmental spending plans that the impact of demographic ageing has been taken into account.
Access to a wide range of services is vital to enable older people to remain independent, to participate in their families, communities and society. Cuts to vital services now will only serve to store up more expensive problems in the long term.
It is now crucial that the Northern Ireland Executive’s response to a tighter spending framework acknowledges, prioritises and delivers the progressive policies required for our changing demographic. The Northern Ireland Executive is faced with making the correct hard choices to ensure protection and opportunities for older people today, and for generations to come.
Our full response to the Draft Budget Consultation is below as well as responses to several of the key departmental budgets.
Age NI's Response to the Consultation on the Draft Budget 2011-15 (PDF 105KB)
Age NI's Response to Budget 2011-15: Draft Strategic Equality Impact Assessment (PDF 180KB)
Age NI's Response to DEL: Consultation on the Draft Budget 2011-15: Settlement and Proposals (PDF 64KB)
Age NI's Response to DETI: Consultation on the Draft Budget 2011-15: Settlement and Proposals (PDF 69KB)
Age NI's Response to DHSSPS: Consultation on the Draft Budget 2011-15: Settlement and Proposals (PDF 78KB)
Age NI's Reponse to DSD: Consultation on the Draft Budget 2011-15: Settlement and Proposals (PDF 81KB)
Age NI's Reponse to OFMDFM: Consultation on the Draft Budget 2011-15: Settlement and Proposals (PDF 69KB)
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