FF plan for independent elderly


FF plan for independent elderly

Fiann Fáil is committed to an Independent Living Contract for older people, according to Sean Fleming.

The party's Laois candidate says this contains a number of measures that will empower older people to enjoy full, active and independent lives for as long as possible.

“Fianna Fáil will increase the State Pension by €30, raise the Living Alone Allowance to €15, and abolish water charges and prescription charges,” he said.

He promised that his party would protect the free travel scheme and add 2.2 million hours of home help and a further 3,500 home care packages.

“Older people have been hit by a number of harsh and punitive measures that have had a direct negative impact on their income and living standards,” he said.

He said Fine Gael and Labour abolished the Telephone Allowance, axed the Bereavement Grant, reduced entitlements under the Household Benefits Package and increased prescription charges five fold.

“We have a different vision for Ireland and our older people. We don’t believe in a two tier society and a two tier Ireland. We want Ireland in which older people are seen as an asset, not a burden,” he said.