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Potential crisis in elderly care must be addressed by British government - de Brún

20 September, 2006

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has today expressed here concerns that a potential care crisis is looming in future years for the elderly.

Ms de Brún made her comments after a Help the Aged commissioned survey revealed that that 62% of 45-65 year olds have made no plans for their future care needs.

Speaking today Ms de Brún said:

"This recent report conducted on behalf of Help the Aged paints a worrying picture regarding care provision for the elderly by the end of the next decade. Confusion regarding what entitlements government will cover and a relaxed attitude by many regarding their future care is leading to a potential crisis in elderly care provision.

"It has been estimated that senior citizen care provision could amount to approximately £400 per week, yet 10% of people aged between 61-65 believe that the state will pay for all of their future care costs. This may leave many people approaching retirement totally unprepared for potential future care costs. There is a need for clear and concise information on what exactly the state covers regarding these costs.

"Sinn Féin believes that elderly citizens are amongst the most vulnerable members of our society and therefore require community and government support. Care costs, pensions and fuel poverty are key issues to be addressed." ENDS

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