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Age Action responds to Fair Deal rental proposal

Published 15/08/2017

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Age Action, Ireland’s leading advocacy organisation for older people, has given a cautious welcome to reports that the Fair Deal scheme could be amended to encourage nursing home residents to rent out their homes.

Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications with Age Action, said: “We’re going to have to see the detail of the proposal from Minister Murphy but we would certainly welcome any change to Fair Deal that encouraged nursing home residents to rent out their homes by allowing them to retain the rental income.

“Currently, under Fair Deal, a nursing home resident must hand over 80 per cent of any income and we know this puts many off entering the rental market. A change like this would help them to pay the extra charges imposed by many nursing homes while also helping families struggling to find homes to rent."

Warning

But Age Action also warned that it was essential any change to the Fair Deal scheme needed to be about supporting older people who wished to rent out their homes and that attempts to put them under pressure would be unacceptable.

Justin Moran continued: “It’s important that any change must be an incentive that protects the choice of a nursing home resident to rent out their home.

"We would be worried if nursing home residents, already paying levies on their income, assets and family home, would also be targeted by any vacant property tax as they would simply be unable to afford it.”

Age Action will be writing to Minister Eoghan Murphy to seek clarity on the proposed changes.

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“Please remember to be careful of older neighbours this evening”

Age Action would like to remind people that many older people are afraid of Halloween and are afraid of people calling and making a nuisance of themselves.  And we would like people as they are going around this evening to keep an eye out for any neighbours they think might be vulnerable. And please if you have bangers and fireworks don’t set them off near the homes of older people.