Age Action has warned that recommendations to introduce a levy for motorists who pay their motor tax by post or in person, would hit older motorists hardest.
The recommendation in the Local Government Efficiency Review Group report to penalise those who do not use the online motor tax facility fails to recognise that one of the main reasons people do not use this service is that they do not have computer skills or do not have access to a computer.
Age Action has warned that the State Pension is a vital buffer to protect pensioners form poverty and that any tampering with it in this year’s Budget would cause increased hardship for some older people.
Age Action has urged the Government to reverse its decision to impose prescription charges on Medical Card patients, following warnings by an independent expert group, established by Health Minister Mary Harney, that it could lead to some patients not taking medicines they need.
The Government’s new prescription charge for each item prescribed to Medical Card holders will hit the sickest and poorest of older people the hardest, Age Action has warned.
The older people’s charity is disappointed that the legislation to create the charge was rushed through the Dail last night and the debate guillotined by the Government in one of the last acts before it adjourned for a 12 week summer break.
Drastic cuts proposed in the Home Help Service in Inchicore and Ballyfermot body
Age Action is concerned by the HSE’s decision to close the Laurel Unit at Cherry Orchard Hospital, and has urged the executive to reverse the decision.
“The 19 residents who will be moved as a result of the closure have high dependence needs and include residents with dementia, stroke sufferers and some are blind,” Age Action spokesman Eamon Timmins said. “Any change in environment can be stressful for residents.”