Fair Deal report is good news - for now
The report on the Fair Deal published yesterday will come as a relief to many older people in care, and their families. The minister responsible, Kathleen Lynch, has promptly pledged that charges are not to be increased.
That is to be welcomed, as under the current system the 22,000 people receiving care under the scheme pay 80pc of their income and 7.5pc of their assets per year. For many of these people, their only income is the old age pension and 20pc of this does not provide lavish personal comforts.
So it is reassuring that costs are not to be hiked. The outcome has been welcomed by the advocacy group Age Action and others who represent the nursing home owners.