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Respect & Dignity for all

MEDIA RELEASE

Respect & Dignity
 

Taoiseach Enda Kenny in his address to the nation wants an Ireland where we can all grow old with Respect & Dignity.

If the reports in today’s media are to be believed what will not happen for those facing the prospect of a loss of 6 weeks Fuel Allowance in BUDGET 2012?  What are the prospects of respect and dignified living for families and older people in such circumstances?

 Máiread Hayes, CEO of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament urges the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin T.D. to reconsider any proposal which will result in cutting by 6 weeks the Fuel Allowance of €20 per week to  all those who qualify for it.

This payment is means tested and any cuts to it will result in serious problems for all who receive it across the life cycle. In particular it will mean that Older People will go to bed earlier or indeed stay in bed longer to try to keep warm.

“Think again Minister and do not put vulnerable families and older people through  any more distress than they are already feeling in the present sub zero temperatures.”

ENDS

for further information contact:                                           

Mairead Hayes                                                                        Tel:   (01) 8561243

Chief Executive Officer                                                                 086 349 8848

Irish Senior Citizens Parliament                               5th December  2011

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