RIGHTS: Billions and not millions

Picture of an elderly woman using a new hand rail that has been installed by Blackpool Council at her home. Picture is for a feature on the councils efforts to prevent the elderly having falls. / oap / pensioner / stairs / handrail / bannister  / blackpool falls prevention officer is Steve Fox / safety / home
Picture of an elderly woman using a new hand rail that has been installed by Blackpool Council at her home. Picture is for a feature on the councils efforts to prevent the elderly having falls. / oap / pensioner / stairs / handrail / bannister / blackpool falls prevention officer is Steve Fox / safety / home

It was fantastic to read Martin Tuckwell’s opinion piece in the Northumberland Gazette online – Elderly: Time to stand up for our rights. (also Letters, March 26).

I did notice one error which I was wondering if you would be able to correct please.

In the article it states that ‘according to her (Claire Keatinge) calculations, older people contributed a surplus of £25million to the economy of Northern Ireland, a population of 1.7million people.’

The amount is in fact that older people in NI will contribute almost £25billion (or £24.7billion to be exact) to the economy over the next 50 years.

Christy Hunter,

Communications and Engagement Assistant

Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland