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Cork County Council backs Sinn Féin’s call for restoration of the respite care grant - Cllr Rachel McCarthy

14 September, 2015 - by Rachael McCarthy

Sinn Féin County Councillor Rachel McCarthy has welcomed the support of Cork County Council for her motion which called for the restoration of the respite care grant in the next budget. The motion was passed unanimously at a meeting of the local authority this morning.

Following the meeting Cllr McCarthy, who is the Sinn Féin general election candidate in Cork South West, said;

“I welcome the unanimous support of Cork County Council of this issue. There is much speculation about the forthcoming budget in terms of possible tax reductions for high earners. I hope that this vote today sends a strong message to the government that the full restoration of the respite care grant must be a priority.

“In budget 2013, a cut of over €300 was made to the respite care grant. For many providing full-time care for a family member, this grant is the only support that they receive from the state. It is used by carers to pay for respite in order to give themselves a break from their caring role.

“Carers are the unsung heroes of our communities. They provide care for their loved ones around the clock and right throughout the year.

“It is an absolute disgrace that carers have been the target of this government’s regressive budgets. This needs to be reversed and not just in a tokenistic way but as part of a total shift in priorities and perspective at the centre of government.

“I am delighted that my colleagues on Cork County Council have supported Sinn Féin’s call for the restoration of the respite care grant.”

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