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Financial contribution scheme for older people must be reinstated-Cllr Reilly

15 December, 2014


Sinn Féin Dublin City councillor Noeleen Reilly is calling on Dublin City council to reintroduce the financial contribution scheme for older persons.

She said,

‘I will be bringing forward a motion to the council area meeting this week looking for Dublin City Council to reintroduce the financial contribution scheme whereby those over the age of 55 years who find their dwellings too large for their needs, may request the Council to purchase their home in return for a lifelong tenancy in a senior citizen dwelling, on the condition that they make a financial contribution to the Council under the terms of the Financial Contribution Scheme.’

She further added,

‘We have a huge shortage of family homes in Dublin.  It is very frustrating to have a situation where older people find themselves living in houses beyond their means and we have families sleeping in emergency accommodation.  This is a very practical measure where senior citizens can downsize and we can bring much needed family homes back into the housing stock. There is an acute shortage of 3 and 4 bed homes and it is not being addressed at the moment.  It was a mistake by Dublin City Council to suspend this scheme when we have such a crisis in homelessness and it needs to be kick started again.’

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