Update on vacant properties

According to media reports the Government is continuing to look at financial incentives to home owners who are in receipt of  support under the Fair Deal Scheme in order to release their vacant properties on to the market either for sale or to rent.  It is expected that there may be some information on this  in the forthcoming Budget in October 2018.

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Update State pension

The calculator has been updated for the changes to the State Non contributory pension
i.e €5 per week from 26th March 2018

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Update on proposed Home care scheme

The Minister of State Mr. Jim Daly in an address to the Senate yesterday stated that there had been 2600 responses to the recent invitation for submissions to the consultation process on the Finance and Regulation of home care services. These responses will be considered in a full report to the Dept. of Health in early 2018 and will assist in the development of a new funding scheme and regulatory arrangements. No timeline for implementation of a new scheme was given.

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Budget 2018

No changes that affect the Fair Deal scheme have been flagged in today’s budget. The increase of €5 per week in the State pension in March 2018 will increase the personal contribution of those in the Scheme by €4 per week.

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Vacant Properties

Eoghan Murphy ( Minister for Housing) on and interview with RTE Morning Ireland said that he is looking at ways of bringing vacant properties belonging to people in Nursing homes into the rental market to go some way to relieving pressure on the growing homeless problem. Obviously this will have financial implications for those in the Fair Deal Scheme.

He is in discussions with Simon Harris ( Minister for Health) and Jim Daly ( Minister for older people) and the Department of Finance to come up with a viable scheme. No timeline has been given but work is ongoing.

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Ministerial Responsibility

In the Ministerial shake up in June Junior Minister of State Helen McEntee has now moved on to European Affairs and responsibility for Mental Health and Older People  has passed to Junior Minister of State  Jim Daly.

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Author updates

The government is currently looking at ways it may extend the scheme to people living in their own homes. It is expected that the working team will report before the Dail Summer recess.

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