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Saturday 3 December 2016

I'm 88 - why should I wait until March for pension hike?

The pensioner: Noel Nutley

Published 15/10/2016 | 02:30

Noel Nutley had been praying for reductions in the property tax Photo: Gerry Mooney
Noel Nutley had been praying for reductions in the property tax Photo: Gerry Mooney

Noel Nutley, from Raheny, Co Dublin, was glad to see an increase of €5 per week to the state pension, but was disappointed that it will not come into effect until next March.

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Mr Nutley (88), who lives alone, said the increase was welcome but he could not understand the delay.

"I don't understand why these changes can't come in immediately," he told the Irish Independent.

"Why March? Why do we have to wait so long?"

"I'm 88 and there's no guarantee that I'll still be here next March.

"There was no question of phasing the allowances out quickly in the recession."

Living alone in a two-bedroom house, he says he was disappointed at no reductions in the property tax. He had been "praying" for change in this area.

"There are families living close to me in the same sort of house and have an income of €2,500 a week.

"I get €250 a week and we pay the same property tax. It doesn't make sense.

"We are apparently one of the most successful countries in Europe, but I know I'm not feeling it."

He is also concerned about home help, after his own was significantly reduced from once a week to fortnightly.

Irish Independent

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