Sunday 18 February 2018

FF pledges €30 rise in pension

Fianna Fáil Welfare spokesman Willie O’Dea
Fianna Fáil Welfare spokesman Willie O’Dea

Claire McCormack

Fianna Fail has pledged an end to mandatory retirement at 65 and has promised to increase state pensions by €30 a week as it targets the 'grey vote' ahead of the forthcoming General Election.

Leaked FF policy documents, which have been seen by the Sunday Independent, reveal the party's plan to introduce an "independent living contract" for older people.

It is aimed at ensuring that people over the age of 65 can stay in their own homes and communities and live independently for as long as possible.

Measures to be announced under the scheme include: increasing the state pension by €30 to €263; increasing the living alone allowance to €15; the full restoration of housing adaptation grants; the phasing out of prescription charges; the protection and expansion of the free travel scheme; and an end to obligatory retirement.

The document was compiled by Willie O'Dea TD, Fianna Fail's spokesperson on social protection, and Billy Kelleher TD, the party's spokesperson on health.

Sunday Independent

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