Colreavy calls for a fair recovery for older people
Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin TD for Sligo/North Leitrim, has said that the government should support independent living for older people.
Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Colreavy said:
“It is envisaged that by 2026 there will be approximately 908,000 people aged 65 years and older, accounting for 16% of the population.
“Therefore, it is important that there is a discussion at a national level as to how we are treat older people as a country. This government does not have a good record when it comes to dealing with older people.
“During its term in government we have witnessed cuts to housing benefits package, living alone allowance, carer’s allowance, home help hours plus cuts in many other areas. These cuts directly impact on the living standards of older people in our society.
“Sinn Féin believe that the fuel allowance should be extended by 3 weeks extra per annum to help tackle fuel poverty. This would ensure that older people are part of a fair recovery.
“The truth is that one third of older people in long stay beds have low to medium support needs and that they could be supported in the community. This can only be done if there is financial support and commitment from the government to support independent living.”