Author: Sinn Féin
Published on 08 April 2011 12:00 AM
Sinn Féin’s Mickey Brady responds to the High 5 Election Campaign
Tackling Fuel Poverty
Sinn Féin were instrumental in ensuring that Winter Fuel Payments were paid to the maximum number of people
Initially Margaret Ritchie, as Department for Social Development Minister, was not going to pay 36,000 pensioners their Winter Fuel Payment but Sinn Féin Executive Members ensure that these people did receive payments
Maximising Pensioner Income
Sinn Féin continues to ensure that people 60+ are able to maximise their income through pension credits.
Currently in the 6 counties every week over £1 Million in pension credit goes unclaimed and returns to the British Treasury. Sinn Féin continues to encourage older people to claim all available benefits.
Sinn Féin continues to ensure that the elderly are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve and that social care is freely available at the point of need.
Proper infrastructure needs to be in place to ensure that elderly people can remain in their own homes within their own communities
End Age Discrimination
Sinn Féin will guarantee equality for older people in the areas of employment, healthcare and services. We will fight for those who are discriminated against.
Already due to changes in pension age women are finding that state pension & pension credit is not paid at age 60 - they must wait much longer.
Tackling Fear of Crime
Sinn Féin supports all measures which make people safer and reduce fear. To this end we have weighed in behind groups such as local Community Safety Partnerships who help to reduce crime through a range of initiatives including distribution of safety alarms, organising festivals which reduce antisocial behaviour and providing small grants to improve the appearance of our neighbourhoods.