Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland                    www.copgni.org     e-mail: info@copni.org      Clair...
Northern IrelandCommissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org                2
    1.7 million people         340 000 people aged over 60         People pensionable age rising by 11% by          201...
Giant’s Causeway                Glens of Antrim                    Belfast City Hall                   Titanic BelfastComm...
Many years of conflict and civil unrest              linked to constitutional relationships              between Britain a...
    Good Friday/Belfast Agreement 1998 paved           the way for power sharing and restored           devolved governme...
Commissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org                7
Commissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org                8
Strong political leadership           Recognising the contribution, needs and            rights of older people led to a ...
Commissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org                10
Older people’s advocate appointed in 2008     to keep Ministers informed about older peoples     issues while legislation ...
    ‘We Agree’       NGO led campaign to secure a Commissioner        with ‘sufficient powers and duties to act        i...
Commissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org                13
    70 key organisations in public, private,            voluntary and community sectors responded            to consultat...
    Commissioner for Older People for Northern           Ireland legislation passed December 2010          Legislation e...
Commissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org                16
    Older people engaged in process of        interviewing candidates for Commissioner as        part of transparent publ...
Junior Minister Jonathan Bell, Dame Joan Harbison, First  Minister Peter Robinson, Commissioner for Older  People for Nort...
Principal aim and paramount consideration ‘…        to safeguard and promote the interests of        older people’Commissi...
    Promoting awareness of interests of older          people and need to safeguard those interests         Reviewing ad...
    Encourage best practice           Promote positive attitudes towards older            people           Advise gover...
Committee of the First Minister and                              Deputy First MinisterCommissioner for Older People for No...
    Carry out informal investigations to protect          the interests of older people         Issue guidance on best p...
    Make representations or recommendations to          any body or person concerning the interests          of older peo...
    Commissioner has additional powers of           review, complaint and formal investigation to           ‘relevant aut...
    Anyone who obstructs the Commissioner in           formal investigation could be guilty of           contempt of cour...
    Hope – for a long life which is longevity and           be healthy and active          Confidence – rights and contr...
    Older people at the heart of planning,          influencing and decision making         Government, policy makers an...
Commissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org                29
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  1. 1. Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland www.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org Claire KeatingeCommissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland Safeguarding and promoting the interests of older people
  2. 2. Northern IrelandCommissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 2
  3. 3.  1.7 million people  340 000 people aged over 60  People pensionable age rising by 11% by 2013, and rising by 43% by 2023  Older people making significant positive contributions across all aspects family, community, faith and civic life  28% older people live below the poverty lineCommissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 3
  4. 4. Giant’s Causeway Glens of Antrim Belfast City Hall Titanic BelfastCommissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 4
  5. 5. Many years of conflict and civil unrest linked to constitutional relationships between Britain and Ireland are now essentially resolved with political differences being addressed through agreed democratic structures.Commissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 5
  6. 6.  Good Friday/Belfast Agreement 1998 paved the way for power sharing and restored devolved government through the Northern Ireland Assembly  Power sharing between Nationalist and Unionist politicians is critical to functioning of the Assembly and is delivering stable government for Northern IrelandCommissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 6
  7. 7. Commissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 7
  8. 8. Commissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 8
  9. 9. Strong political leadership  Recognising the contribution, needs and rights of older people led to a Northern Ireland Assembly commitment through its 2007 Programme for Government for a Commissioner, to deliver a ‘ …strong, independent voice for older people’ underpinned by UN Principles for Older PersonsCommissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 9
  10. 10. Commissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 10
  11. 11. Older people’s advocate appointed in 2008 to keep Ministers informed about older peoples issues while legislation to establish a Commissioner was developed and consulted on. Dame Joan Harbison Older People’s AdvocateCommissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 11
  12. 12.  ‘We Agree’  NGO led campaign to secure a Commissioner with ‘sufficient powers and duties to act independently to guarantee that the rights of older people are protected, their interests promoted, and the issues affecting them are given prominence’Commissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 12
  13. 13. Commissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 13
  14. 14.  70 key organisations in public, private, voluntary and community sectors responded to consultation  400 views from people at public consultation meetings  Amendments to legislation in key areas of Commissioner’s powers and duties following consultationCommissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 14
  15. 15.  Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland legislation passed December 2010  Legislation establishing a Commissioner received seal approval at final stage in Northern Ireland Assembly with universal support from all Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA’s)Commissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 15
  16. 16. Commissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 16
  17. 17.  Older people engaged in process of interviewing candidates for Commissioner as part of transparent public appointments process  First and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland acting jointly appoint Commissioner Claire Keatinge who took up post November 2011Commissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 17
  18. 18. Junior Minister Jonathan Bell, Dame Joan Harbison, First Minister Peter Robinson, Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland Claire Keatinge, Acitng Deputy First Minister John O’Dowd, Junior Minister Martina AndersonCommissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 18
  19. 19. Principal aim and paramount consideration ‘… to safeguard and promote the interests of older people’Commissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 19
  20. 20.  Promoting awareness of interests of older people and need to safeguard those interests  Reviewing adequacy and effectiveness of law, practice and services relating to the interests of older people  Promote opportunities and the elimination of discriminationCommissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 20
  21. 21.  Encourage best practice  Promote positive attitudes towards older people  Advise government and relevant authorities on matters concerning interests of older peopleCommissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 21
  22. 22. Committee of the First Minister and Deputy First MinisterCommissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 22
  23. 23.  Carry out informal investigations to protect the interests of older people  Issue guidance on best practice in relation to any matter concerning the interest of older people  Commission and publish research  Provide advice and informationCommissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 23
  24. 24.  Make representations or recommendations to any body or person concerning the interests of older people  Establish conciliation services in relation to disputes which may lead to proceedings involving law or practiceCommissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 24
  25. 25.  Commissioner has additional powers of review, complaint and formal investigation to ‘relevant authorities’  Government departments, district councils and wide range organisations whose work impacts the lives of older people are identified in legislation as ‘relevant authorities’Commissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 25
  26. 26.  Anyone who obstructs the Commissioner in formal investigation could be guilty of contempt of court  Commissioner has the same powers as the High Court to call for documents, witnesses and power to enter premises, take copies of documents, interview in private any older person who consents to be interviewed, and any person employed on the premises.Commissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 26
  27. 27.  Hope – for a long life which is longevity and be healthy and active  Confidence – rights and contribution recognised; valued and respected; safe at home and in the community; treated fairly and equally; adequate of income  Certainty – if frailty or illness develop person centred care, support and treatment available so all older people can lead dignified and fulfilled lives through to the end of lifeCommissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 27
  28. 28.  Older people at the heart of planning, influencing and decision making  Government, policy makers and relevant authorities engage with older people and better understand their interests, needs, rights, hopes and expectations  Older people more confident that politicians, policy makers, and wider society understand and appreciate the issues that matter to themCommissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 28
  29. 29. Commissioner for Older People for Northern Irelandwww.copgni.org e-mail: info@copni.org 29

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