Kerry TD concerned at increase in St Mary of the Angels’ contribution

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A Kerry TD has hit out at an increase in a contribution being sought from the family of a resident at St Mary of the Angels in Beaufort.

The HSE says the long-stay contribution is at the same level as what used to be called the long-stay charge and these are now uniform in all settings around the country.

The executive says there is a maximum amount, which anyone can be expected to contribute each week, which depends on individual circumstances; the maximum amount is between €70 and €175.

The lower someone’s income is, the lower the contribution that is asked of them is.

Independent Deputy Michael Healy-Rae says one family has paid €400 per month for the last 20 years and is now being asked to pay €195 on top of that; no explanation has been offered for this.

The TD is asking all families who have received a letter seeking an increase in their contribution to appeal this through the relevant channel:

Meanwhile, Deputy Michael Healy-Rae says there is huge concern over delays to the opening of a new respite facility in Kilmorna, Listowel.

The Independent TD believes even when this facility is opened it won’t cope for the demand of the entire county: