Minimum wage increase may have knock-on effect on community services

Kerry TD Tom Fleming The increase in minimum wage from €8.65 to €9.15 per hour may have a knock-on effect on community services. That’s according to Kerry TD Tom Fleming who says charitable services such as Meals on Wheels for the elderly, the physically and mentally-impaired, could be under threat as a result. The Independent TD is calling on the Government to examine how community and not-for-profit services could be affected by the minimum wage increase. According to Deputy Fleming, Cumann Iosaef Community Centre in Tralee, which 600 people rely on, is struggling to cope with the increase in their running costs. The minimum wage increase amounts to an extra €847 per month for the service – an additional €10,175 per year. Deputy Fleming says this increase could affect the future of the service and by appeasing one demographic of society has jeopardised critical community services.