Thursday 8 December 2016

John Downing: Saving money on backs of society's vulnerable will end up costing more

Published 10/01/2014 | 02:30

Jan O'Sullivan, Minister for Housing and Planning. Photo: Tom Burke
Jan O'Sullivan, Minister for Housing and Planning. Photo: Tom Burke

ENDA Kenny is right about one thing: Housing Minister Jan O'Sullivan is a decent and caring person. The danger for the Labour TD is that she and her colleagues have been left trying to explain changes to three home improvement or adaption grant schemes for elderly and disabled people, schemes that appear to have been victims of their own success.

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Dublin City Council closed off applications for these schemes this past summer and there are anecdotal reports of long waiting times from other local authorities.

There is a need to stretch budgets, which are under pressure just like many areas of public services right now. In the end of it all these changes amount to cuts by any other name and this has all the hallmarks of another political hit for Labour.

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