U-turn on Seniors Alert Scheme

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Age Action has warmly welcomed media reports that the Government has reversed its decision to funding for the Seniors Alert Scheme for older people.

Last week the Government wrote to groups to inform them that funding that for the scheme had been cut from €2.4 million last year to €1.15 million in 2013. Only people aged over-65 and living alone would be eligible for a grant.

The move prompted an angry reaction from a number of politicians in Donegal as well as several groups representing older people.

The Taoiseach told RTE’s “This Week” programme that everyone aged over-65 would be eligible to apply for a grant under the scheme. A Department of Environment spokesman later confirmed to RTE that funding for the scheme had also been reinstated to 2012 levels.

“Age Action warmly welcomes the Government’s decision to reverse these cuts,” Age Action spokesman Eamon Timmins said.

“We are glad that common sense has prevailed and that the scheme can continue to support older people in living independently in their own homes.”


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