State's Homecare System Is "Totally Inadequate"

The Offaly-based group is protesting in Dublin today.

Family carers say the government has created a potential poverty trap for them in Budget 2020.

Despite increasing the hours a carer can work or study every week, Paschal Donohue stopped short of increasing the income disregard.

That means that if they choose to work more, the carer's allowance could be being cut.

At the moment only one in five family carers receives Carer's Allowance as a result of this means test.

Tullamore-based Family Carers Ireland is to protest against the budget outside Leinster House today.

Here's Head of Communications Catherine Cox.

Meanwhile,

People are unable to live out the last years of their life in their own home because of the actions of the government. 

That's according to Longford/Westmeath TD Robert Troy, who's been raising the issue of homecare in the Dáil.

More than 7,300 people remain on the waiting list for homecare hours across the country. 

The Fianna Fáil deputy has branded the current care provided by the state as totally inadequate:


 

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