Councillor says taking respite hours from those in need is a scandal and a shame

Cllr for Kerry County Council ToirŽasa Ferris. (SF) Photo By : Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus LTD © Tralee Co Kerry Ireland Phone Mobile 087 / 2672033 L/Line 066 71 22 981 E/mail - [email protected]

Taking respite hours from those in need is a scandal and a shame.

Kerry County Councillor Toiréasa Ferris says Kerry has lost 400 hours of respite care in the first quarter of this year, nearly one quarter of the national total.

The service provides respite and relief to parents and families who have a person in the household with a disability.

Councillor Ferris believes the cuts are directly affecting some of the hardest pressed families in the state, and evidence shows the government is failing them.

The Sinn Féin councillor says there’s a solution available.

In response, the HSE says there has been an increase in the number of children and adults who are seeking access to respite.

It says, within the policy context, the way in which residential and respite services are provided has changed as agencies comply with standards.

As a result, capacity has generally decreased with requirements for personal and appropriate space.

The HSE adds it’s fully committed to delivering new respite services and supports by year end.