Supports for Older People in 2018 Up – a key requirement under Confidence and Supply Agreement says O’Rourke

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Local Fianna Fail TD, Frank O’Rourke, has welcomed the supports for older people that are coming into effect this year as a result of Budget 2018, a key requirement of the supply and confidence agreement with the Government.

“Medical Card holders are charged for prescribed medicines and other items that one get on prescription from pharmacies. From 1 January this year, the prescription charge is €2.00 for each item that is dispensed under the medical card scheme, up to a maximum of €20 per month per person or family.”

“Older people are highly dependent on the State Pension and the vast majority rely on social welfare payments to protect them from poverty. I welcome the proposed €5 increase to the weekly State Pension, from end of March next, and we must continue our campaign to ensure that further improvements are provided.”

“The Fuel Allowance was increased and the Telephone Allowance was partially restored. We campaigned for all these items under the Supply and Confidence Agreement with the Government.”

“Supports for older people are critical. I have highlighted the need for increased resources for Housing Adaption Grants, Fair Deal Scheme, Phone Allowance, Pension, Home Care Packages and Carers. Recent figures show that older people are now fulfilling, in many cases, the role of the State in providing care to those living with illness or disability. Caring for our older people must always be centre stage when considering our social affairs budget,” concluded Deputy O’Rourke.

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