Sunday, November 01, 2009

Shameful FF Govt closes older people’s scheme only 11 days after it opened

Fine Gael Cllr Regina Doherty, has condemned the Fianna Fáil Government for setting the closing date for the Community Support for Older People Scheme as just 11 working days after it was re-opened. “They are just trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes by pretending they’re committed to the scheme when its quite clear that they are not”

“This scheme has been messed around with by Fianna Fáil from day one. Further grants under the scheme were announced by the Community Minister on the 6th April only for it to be dropped after the Budget the following day. Then it was under review until Minister Curran announced on the 6th of October he was lifting its suspension. What he failed to say in that statement is that the closing date for applications is just 11 working days later on the 21st October. Who do they think they’re fooling?

“The hole in the public finances is one thing but it is certainly not going to be filled by messing around with the Community Support Scheme for Older People which costs very little but can mean a lot to older people who often feel unsafe in their own homes. This scheme improved their security in a number of ways including monitored alarms and panic buttons.

“Yet again this jaded government this its ok to target the vulnerable in our communities, well we have had enough and I am calling on the Minister to reopen this scheme immediately in order to protect the elderly across Ireland.”

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