Ireland. Everyone has the right to a sufficient income in old age
Every person has the right to sufficient income to live life with dignity in old age. Every older person has contributed in one way or another over the years. Many contributed through their jobs.
Others did so by caring for children, older people or people who were ill or disabled. Others still have made great contributions to their communities, to local organisations, to their families and friends. When people are older they should not be short of the essentials.
Yet an estimated 65,000 older people are at risk of poverty and 85,000 people aged 65 and over are experiencing deprivation. Fewer than one in five in the lowest income group have a pension from their job, while 94.2% of the highest earners have such a pension. The poor simply cannot make adequate provision for their old age when they barely have enough to live on throughout their lives.
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