Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Better support for 16,000 of elderly people in 16,000 as Christmas approaches

Christmas bonus for over 580,000 pensioners across Ireland

Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has said that this Government is continuing to protect the elderly, and is providing better support to over 16,000 of elderly people in Meath.

Speaking on Friday from at her public meeting on Senior Citizen Entitlements in Moynalty, the Meath East TD said “Fine Gael has always sought to protect elderly people in Meath and will continue to do so. This year, as a result of Budget 2016, across Meath, approximately 16,000 of pensioners are benefitting from a small increase of €3 in the weekly rate of all pension payments, for those aged 66 and over.

“We had a great turnout in Moynalty on Friday, despite the bad weather. Budget 2016 certainly has been one of the most beneficial for the elderly in recent years and speaking with the dozens of senior citizens at our meeting this morning really does go to show just how much these increases mean. I will now be holding a monthly clinic in Moynalty to accommodate our senior citizens in the North of the county.

“In a further move to support older people, the Government decided to increase the Christmas bonus in Budget 2016. In Meath, over 16,000 of elderly people will receive a 75% Christmas bonus, on top of their pension. It means a pensioner couple who are both in receipt of the non-contributory State Pension will receive a bonus payment of €328.50. The bonus, which was abolished by the Fianna Fáil government in 2009, will be paid during the first week of December.

“Elderly people in Meath are also benefiting from an increase in the rate of the Fuel Allowance by €2.50 per week, from €20 to €22.50 per week. The allowance is paid for 26 weeks from October to April. Budget 2016 also introduced an increase in funding for Free Travel by €3 million, from €77 million to €80 million, ensuring sustainability of the service for 836,000 Free Travel pass holders

“Fine Gael’s top priority is to keep the recovery going and thanks to the Irish people we are now seeing economic progress, with 135,000 more people at work. More people in work means less tax for working people and more revenue to invest in better services. This will ensure more people and families feel the benefits of a recovering economy in their own lives. It also means we can afford to give a little back to the people who need it most. I am pleased that Fine Gael is continuing to support elderly people by increasing the Pension, the Christmas bonus and the Fuel Allowance.”

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