Budget 2014 to severely affect the elderly

The 2014 Budget is to greatly damage the livelihood of the elderly.  Phone allowance of €9.50 per month for old age pensioners has been abolished whilst it is expected that over 35,000 elderly people are set to lose their medical cards.

In addition to this prescription rates which were originally set at 50 cent are set to rise to €2.50.

Gerard Scully of Age Action said he would be “shocked if [proposed budget cuts] proved to be true”. Mr Scully also described the removal of medical cards as “particularly savage”. john article

With regard to the rise in prescription Mr. Scully also saw this as a “revenue raising” move. Other concerns raised by Age Action were that older people would be isolated, and that the “sickest and poorest” people are being targeted in this budget.

John Lillis

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