Eugene Murphy, Fianna Fáil TD, has said older people, particularly those reliant on the state pension, have yet to feel the benefits of the economic recovery, with many struggling to make ends meet.
“There is a perception that older people have not been impacted by the recession and were insulated from the cuts to benefits and services. However, that’s simply not the case,” he said.
“Older people suffered a range of cuts to secondary benefits, including the abolition of the Telephone Allowance and the Bereavement Grant and a reduction in the Fuel Allowance and the Household Benefits Package.”
He said that in October’s Budget, he and his Fianna Fáil colleague would be pushing for a “fair and progressive package” for older people.
“It is imperative that economic recovery is just and balanced and felt by all sections of society, not just the privileged few,” Deputy Murphy said.