Age Action calls for rise in state pension as elderly face rising taxes and costs

Age Action calls for rise in state pension as elderly face rising taxes and costs

People on state pensions are struggling amid new taxes and rising fuel and health costs, according to Age Action.

The group says there should be an increase of €5 a week to the state pension in the upcoming budget.

They also want to see €33m invested in home help services and home care packages for the elderly.

Justin Moran from Age Action says that home care packages are particularly important.

He said: "The homecare packages that we are talking about would be specifically aimed at older people who are in their 80s and 90s.

"It would enable a homecare workers to visit them, to check in on them, cook their meals and provide that bit of extra attention that they need if they are unable to look after themselves."

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