Family farms at risk of being sold off due to delay in nursing home review
Family farms are being put at risk by the long wait for the promised review of the Fair Deal scheme for nursing home care, it has been warned.
There has been ongoing pressure to bring in changes to the scheme to prevent farmers having to sell off parts of the farm to pay high nursing home bills.
Independent TD Mattie McGrath said there has been "no significant progress" made, and a review of the scheme at Government level has been ongoing for some time.
The programme for government had committed to reviewing the nursing homes support scheme to remove any discrimination against small businesses and family farms.
Mr McGrath said the Rural Independent Group were bringing forward a motion in the Dail next week seeking a reduced charge on the farm business assets similar to the 90pc agricultural relief rate.
The ICMSA's Lorcan McCabe said changes to the scheme were "long overdue and necessary to ensure the survival of farms and other self-employed activities".