As a member of the Committee on Budgetary Oversight I am delighted to strongly endorse this important report, which was launched on 30 May this year. Gender and equality budgeting have been major priorities for our work. I was of course disappointed that the Minister, Deputy Donohoe, did not present a gender budgeting report alongside budget 2019 on 9 October last, as is recommended in the report before us.
On Thursday the 9th of February 2017, the Age Action report ‘Towards a Fair State Pension for Women Pensioners’ by Maureen Bassett MSc was published. This piece of work was commissioned specifically by Age Action to examine the changes to the State Contributory Pension which were introduced in Budget 2012. Deputy Broughan chose to highlight these changes during his Leaders’ Questions today and called upon the Taoiseach to ensure that these unfair changes are reversed in Budget 2018 and that restored payments are backdated in full to the 36,000 plus pensioners currently receiving lower weekly pension payments.