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Ferris expresses hope on farm pensions following Minister's response

14 September, 2006

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD has expressed his hope that an undertaking by Minister for Social and Family Affairs Seamus Brennan to review means testing for persons the Non Contributory Old Age Pension as part of the forthcoming Budget will allow farmers to participate in a new scheme that permits pensioners to earn up to €100 per week without affecting their benefits. Deputy Ferris was referring to a reply from the Minister to a letter he wrote requesting that farmers would be included in the scheme.


Deputy Ferris said: “While I am disappointed that farmers are not to be included in the current scheme, I would hope that the undertaking by Minister Brennan to review means testing arrangements will allow him to reconsider the exclusion of farmers from what is a worthwhile scheme and one that would provide considerable relief for elderly farmers on low incomes. I trust that the Minister will be allowed to do so as part of any further changes to the Non Contributory Pension in the Budget.”


Note to editor: Copies of the letter of response from Minister Brennan available on request



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