Se­nior Alert Scheme u-turn wel­comed

Bray People - - COMMENT -

A MEM­BER of Wicklow County Coun­cil has wel­comed a government u-turn on pro­posed bud­get cuts to the Se­nior Alert Scheme.

Cllr. Pat Fitzger­ald said that it will be a com­fort to many older peo­ple who were ex­tremely con­cerned about cut to the scheme pro­vid­ing per­sonal alarms.

‘I warmly wel­come this change of heart and am glad to see that the gov- ern­ment has bowed to po­lit­i­cal and pub­lic pres­sure. ‘It is abun­dantly clear that we have a se­ri­ous bur­glary prob­lem in this coun­try at the moment. Ev­ery year we hear more sto­ries of vul­ner­a­ble house­holds be­ing tar­geted by crim­i­nal gangs in dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties, and more of­ten than not the vic­tims are older peo­ple and those liv­ing in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas,' he said.

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