Budget 2017: Age Action calls for €5 pension increase

The charity also says an additional €73.8 million should be put into home help

Budget 2017: Age Action calls for €5 pension increase

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There are calls for the Government to increase the over-65s State pension by €5 a week.

Age Action Ireland says it should be top of the agenda in this year's budget, highlighting Fine Gael's election commitment to raise the pension by €25 over five years.

To keep pensioners out of poverty, Age Action says an additional €73.8 million should be put into home help.

The organisation is also calling for the full restoration of the Fuel Allowance and Telephone Allowance over the next two budgets, as well as the abolition of prescription charges for medical card holders.

Spokesperson Justin Moran says senior citizens deserve more.

"Budget 2017 is the Government's opportunity to make clear to almost 600,000 people over the age of 65 that the promises made to them will be honoured," he argued.

"Next month the Government can help to restore the incomes of pensioners, cut by successive austerity budgets, stand by its election pledge and deliver for our senior citizens," he added. 

The calls echo those of Fianna Fáil's finance spokesperson Michael McGrath, who has also indicated there should be a €5 increase this year.

Michéal Martin has argued that there has to be a 'realistic increase' for pensioners in Budget 2017.