Scrooge Like Policy Denies Home Help Workers Travel Expenses until 2022 – Healy Rae

Even Ebenezer Scrooge became generous and compassionate in time for Christmas, said Michael Healy Rae, TD in reaction to a government decision to withhold travel allowances for ‘Home Help’ until the new year. Cartoon by Micheál Reidy

Deputy Michael Healy Rae has blasted a decision that will leave home care workers without their paid their travel allowances this December.

Instead they will have been informed that their travel allowances will not be paid to them until next January or even February at the very earliest.

“Even Ebenezer Scrooge became generous and compassionate in time for Christmas, but this government is nothing short of disgraceful for this decision,” said Deputy Michael.

“At the time the workers need this money coming into Christmas and at a time when fuel is gone through the roof, they have been told wait until the new year.

Great Financial Pressure

“It is a move that will put many of them under great financial pressure especially at such an important time of the year for families,” he continued.

“Home care workers, or home helps, as people have become accustomed to calling them, perform a vital service with our elderly and sick people throughout the country.

Savaged and Reduced

“It is bad enough that their services have been savaged and reduced over the years and now those workers who are due their travel expenses are being told, wait until next year.”

Deputy Healy Rae has called on the Government to reverse this decision in time for Christmas and has committed to campaigning for payments to be made.

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