We are sharing our Budget 2023 Recommendations in advance of Budget 2023 urging the government not to lose sight of the calls from civil society for real and lasting social change coming out of Covid-19 and to ensure that Budget 2023 retains a focus on quality of life as well as cost of living.
Speaking recently at the 5th United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Ministerial Conference on Ageing in June 2022 Minister Butler stated that “Ireland’s current Programme for Government has a vision of creating an Age Friendly Ireland. We are fully committed to mainstreaming ageing and our ultimate objective to make Ireland a great place to grow old.”
Our recommendations for Budget 2023 include measures to to mitigate the ageism exposed by Covid-19, including a Commissioner for Older Persons who would realise this vision and a national public awareness campaign aimed at improving public understanding and discourse about the issues caused by ageism.
Our specific recommendations in the areas of arts, physical activity, lifelong learning and civic engagement reflect what we have learned from our participants through our programmes during this last year and are focused on ensuring that the rights of older people to fully participate in all areas of society are realised.