Monday February 17, 2020

Financial matters: Jill Kerby

The Nursing Homes Support Scheme is already over budget for this year. One solution would be to make home-owners contribute more of their assets towards their long-term care, but politicians will never go for that

21st April, 2019
Farmers might protest about their exclusion from the Fair Deal scheme, but it is unfair for many others too Pic: Finbarr O’Rourke

Fair Deal is unfair, claim the farmers. I couldn’t agree more, just for a very different reason.

Last week, Irish Farmers’ Association members protested outside the Dáil, claiming that the ten-year-old Nursing Homes Support Scheme, or Fair Deal, discriminated against their members (as well as other business owners) and was unfair.

The universal, means test rules are straightforward: every person who qualifies for Fair Deal must pay 80 per cent...

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