FF treating older people like fools with dishonest statement on Community Support Scheme –
Fine Gael Councillor Regina Doherty, has accused the Fianna Fáil Government of spinning words on the community support scheme for older people which has been effectively closed since 21st October. Cllr. Doherty said Minister of State John Curran is only engaging in spin by claiming the scheme is open.
“The Fianna Fáil Government is treating older people like fools just like they have treated the whole country like fools for over a decade. Minister John Curran can play around with words as much as he likes but the fact remains that applications made to the scheme after the 21st October will not be funded.
“This keeps up his performance on this scheme, which provides security support for older people. It was announced on the 6th April then dropped after the Budget the following day and put under review. That review resulted in it being re-opened for all of 11 working days. Now the scheme is under review again, allegedly for re-introduction in 2010. That’s nothing to look forward to if the result of this review is anything like the last one.
“The truth is that the Government has been shamed into responding to this issue by Fine Gael. Of course because they’re Fianna Fáil their response is spin, not action. I can promise that I’m not giving up until I do get action and that’s the retention of this scheme for older people. The hole in the public finances is not going to be filled by shutting down low-cost supports for older people and it certainly won’t be solved by treating them like fools."