Dublin Sinn Féin councillor Janice Boylan has called on citizens to check on their elderly neighbours during this latest cold snap.
Speaking today Cllr Boylan said:
“I want to call on people to be mindful of their elderly neighbours and ensure that they have adequate heat in their homes. I am aware of some elderly people skimping on heating their homes due to the cost of fuel.
While the fuel allowance does help, in many cases it does not stretch to what’s needed to heat a home. Also as it’s a means tested payment so many who genuinely need it don’t qualify for it.
With all the extra taxes been heaped upon families and elderly people, such as the household tax and now with water tax imminent more and more people within our local communities
are relying on charities to help.
I had one woman in with me today who is 55 years of age and is surviving on €50 a week after paying rent, bills and utilities, trying to heat her home and buy some food. She herself received coal and logs from St. Vincent De Paul today. These people are often the most vulnerable in society and this government hasn’t done enough to protect them from hunger and the cold.
For many they can simply only afford to either eat of heat their home and food of course takes precedence over heat. This government needs to stop relying on over stretched
charities and do what they are elected to do. Serve all the people.