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Colleges cannot alienate Older People - Brady

13 September, 2007

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Older People, Newry Armagh MLA Micky Brady has said that there must be compromise in how much pensioners are charged for courses after meeting senior officers from the Southern Regional College in Newry over proposed price increases of up to 600 per cent.

Mr Brady said:

"A rise for some older people of £25 to £125 for courses at Southern Regional College in Newry the is unacceptable. In some cases there is an increase of up to 600%.

"Whilst Colleges can argue that they want to be the engine for training people to drive the economy, it cannot come at the expense of alienating older people.

"Actions such as these will do nothing but increase the sense of isolation many of our older people feel especially when faced with large institutions, as highlighted by the recent report from Help the Aged. The report showed wide spread support for an end to age discrimination and many older people indicated that they felt their age negatively affected the way they are treated and even how they are spoken to.

"I will now be seeking a urgent meeting with the Minister Reg Empey to discuss the issue and the wider implications." ENDS

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