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Calls for more financial support for family carers in Kerry

Jul 17, 2021 16:07 By radiokerrynews
Calls for more financial support for family carers in Kerry Calls for more financial support for family carers in Kerry
Sinn Féin Kerry County Cllr Deirdre Ferris. Photo By Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus LTD Tralee Co Kerry Ireland Mobile Phone : 00 353 87 26 72 033 Land Line : 00 353 66 71 22 981 E/Mail : [email protected] Web Site : www.dwalshphoto.ie ALL IMAGES ARE COVERED BY COPYRIGHT ©
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Kerry County Council is being called on to support calls to give family carers the financial help they need.

Sinn Féin councillor Deirdre Ferris made the call at the monthly meeting of Kerry County Council.

She says family carers are among the most dependable and important people, and says they aren't paid adequately for the 24/7 care they provide.

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Cllr Deirdre Ferris says there are 500,000 family carers across Ireland who work unpaid hours to care for and support their loved ones and she believes current financial support is nowhere near enough.

She's calling for eligibility criteria and the payments of the Carer's Allowance to be increased and for Carer's Benefit to be extended to the self-employed.

The Sinn Féin Cllr believes this would help family carers struggling with energy bills and it would guarantee other key financial supports for families.

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Cllr Ferris says the State has continuously failed these people and says they are exhausted.

Cllr Deirdre Ferris says family carers do the work they do because they want to, but she believes they should be getting more support for the care they provide.

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