Abolition of Telephone Allowance

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The Co ordinator of Community Alert at Muintir na Tire Liam Kelly has said that a campaign to reinstate the soon-to-be abolished telephone allowance must be undertaken.

Yesterday it was announced that from January1st the telephone allowance for the elderly would be abolished.

However, commenting this morning Mr Kelly rejected the measures, saying that they would have a negative impact on elderly, especially those in rural, more isolated areas.

He also said that the personal alarm systems which are used in the homes of many elderly and disabled people are dependant on their being a landline.

As such, the impact of the abolition of the telephone allowance could put some people in a situation where they could no longer afford their landline and therefore be unable to avail of the security measures provided by the personal alarm system