Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Older People, Mary Butler has said that Fianna Fáil’s commitment to older people was demonstrated in the range of measures included in Budget 2018 that will support older people in their later years.
Deputy Butler was commenting after the initial budget announcement by the Government this week.
“While of course we need to see the full detail of the budget in terms of the Social Welfare Bill and the HSE Service Plan, there are many positives for older people.
“Fianna Fáil once again secured a €5 per week increase in the State Pension, an extra week of Fuel Allowance plus a new €2.50 weekly allowance to adults living on their own.
“In terms of the health service, there will be additional funding for home care packages and a greater use of transitional beds to allow older people get out of acute hospitals quicker.
“This wasn’t a perfect budget, and in areas outside of the remit of the Confidence and Supply Arrangement, Fine Gael has not ensured that older people would not lose out.
“There was no mention of post offices at all in this week’s budget announcement. The closure of post offices will disproportionately affect older people more than any other sector of Irish society.
“The lack of recognition of the importance of post offices is a worry for my party and more importantly, for older people who rely so much on the local post office.
“We will continue to campaign to retain post offices to ensure that older people can remain connected to their communities,” concluded Butler.