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Nelis - £2.5 million to help elderly feel safer a welcome step but ignores the deeper problem

14 October, 2003

Sinn Féin Foyle representative Mary Nelis has welcomed the announcement that £2.5 million is to be made available to fit locks and other security measure to the homes of senior citizens‚ to both increase safety and the sense of security but added that such measures are only dealing with the symptoms not the problem.

Ms Nelis said:

"Making resources available to improve security in the homes of 10,000 senior citizens is a welcome step in itself. It both improves safety and the sense of security.

"However, such measures only deal with the symptoms they are not a cure for the problem of increasing attacks on the elderly.

"The reality is that turning homes into fortresses is not a long term solution to the problem of isolation, alienation or vulnerability. We need to look at targeting resources and actions to support communities in challenging the violence of those who target our senior citizens and we need to support senior citizens in realising their vital role in our communities." ENDS

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