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Government must change budget to save Finglas Meals on Wheels – Ellis

7 December, 2011 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Dublin North West TD Dessie Ellis has called on the government to row back on budget cuts which will cut funding for Community Employment workers from €1,500 to €500 per person in January.

Deputy Ellis said that this cut would mean that services like Finglas Meals on Wheels and countless others would not be able to operate.

The Deputy continued;

“Finglas Meals on Wheels employs 27 of its 33 staff from CE schemes, these people receive an almost nominal sum for the work they do but they do an excellent job which they take pride in. These jobs are going to be gone come January with this 66% cut to funding which amounts to €27,000 in the case of Finglas Meals on Wheels.

“The group serves 600 hot meals to the elderly and people with disabilities and mental health problems who cannot do so for themselves. They have been operating for nearly 18 years across the length and breadth of Finglas keeping the most marginalised and vulnerable nourished and warm. This is especially important in the wake of cuts to fuel allowance and other supports.

“Last Winter in the cold snap they delivered every meal and their workers pulled together and made a huge effort which saw many through that tough time. Now they are in danger, not from treacherous weather, but from Labour/Fine Gael cuts which pay no consideration to the damage they will do to our communities and the most vulnerable.

“I call on Minister Burton and her government to take this wonderful service into account, if needs be visit with their dedicated workers over this winter and they will see that these cuts are not only wrong and unfair but they will have massive negative consequences.”

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