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Rights of Older People Infringed - Disabled lady Refused Shopping Support

13 November, 2007

Sinn Féin Newry and Armagh MLA Mickey Brady has said that the withdrawal by social services of 2.5 hours care per week that provided someone to do the shopping for an elderly disabled and wheelchair bound lady was totally unacceptable.

Mr Brady said:

"The situation is one where a lady who is disabled and wheelchair bound was getting someone for 2.5 hours per week to do her shopping, a service provided by social services. However she has now been told that because a local shop does home deliveries that this service will stop. Yet, in order to access this home delivery there is a minimum spend of £15.

There are two key issues that arise in this case:

• The lady's freedom of choice as to where she shops has been removed
• She has to have £15 available at any given time in order to enable her to use this home delivery service from this store.

"I feel that this is totally unacceptable and infringes upon this ladies basic freedom of choice and social services need to urgently look at the implementation of such a draconian policy.

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Older People added:

"Older people have made a lifetime contribution to society, through their work, their taxes and voluntary work in their communities, yet the standard of living of many of our older people does not meet their needs or reflect the contribution they have made.

"Older people should be treated with dignity and are entitled to a proper quality of life.

"We need to support older people in ensuring that they have an acceptable quality of life by preventing feelings of isolation and promoting independence." ENDS

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