Irish government reverses elderly personal alarm decision

The Government has reversed the controversial decision to halve spending this year on personal security alarms for older people.

The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny told RTÉ’s “This Week” programme that everyone aged over 65 would be eligible to apply for a grant under the scheme. When asked to clarify the Taoiseach’s statement, a spokesman for the Department of the Environment said it had been decided to reinstate last year’s level of funding to that of 2012 (€2.45m).

Read more:

RTE News [includes TV coverage] – Government reverses elderly personal alarm decision

The Irish Times – Government reverses cut in panic alarm grant

The Irish Examiner – Decision to reverse cuts to elderly alarm scheme welcomed

About Toni Bunting

Toni joined Ireland’s longest established telecare company, TASK Community Care in 2009, and is responsible for operations and business development in its Northern Ireland division. Having originally planned for a career in the legal profession, she gained her Bachelor of Laws degree in 2004, and subsequently completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law of England and Wales. Toni also holds a Master’s Degree in Management & Corporate Governance and has carried out various legal research/publications work for the Law Centre (NI) on a voluntary basis, with a focus on Community Care Law.
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