Sinn Féin Bill will halt planned increases in the pension age – John Brady TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has urged cross-party support for his Bill introduced today which would halt the planned increases in pension age in order to allow for proper consultation and engagement with stakeholders.
Teachta Brady said;
“In the Dáil today I introduced the Pensionable Age Taskforce Bill 2019 which seeks the establishment of a Pensionable Age Taskforce with the purpose of considering the appropriate level of pensionable age and to make recommendations to the Minister.
“I would have liked to be in a position to bring forward a Bill which would immediately halt these increases but as an opposition TD, I am prevented from doing so.
“Future increases in the pension age were decided on by Government without any consultation with trade unions, groups representing older people or employers.
"The decision was made without debate in these Houses and without any consideration of the significant financial implications that increases to the pension age for retiring workers would have.
“These increases mean that the pension age will be 67 years in 2021 and 68 years in 2028. These increases in pension age put Ireland on course to have the highest pension age in the OECD by 2028.
“This has also led to the bizarre situation where those contractually obliged to retire at 65 are forced onto a jobseekers payment in order to bridge the gap to pension age at 66 years.
"It remains to be seen if the Minister intends on allowing retirees to remain on jobseekers for two years when pension age moves to 67 years the year after next.
“This Bill puts forward a sensible and very reasonable proposal which would see the age at which people can qualify for the State Pension based on proper consultation and based on something more than making savings.”