Submission Next Draft to National Planning Framework – Ireland 2040 Our Plan

Posted on: November 15th, 2017 by Louise Lennon

It is evident that there is a disproportionate level of growth between different regions of the country with many; especially rural areas are still feeling the impact of the recession and austerity budget. Unemployment in Midlands and South East regions still remain higher; above 8% than the state average (6.4%). The quality of jobs in rural areas and in regions outside the capital are lower and tend to be in traditional sectors. Income inadequacies for households earning minimum wage are higher for those living in rural areas than in urban areas.
Social exclusion is exacerbated in rural areas due to lack of public services, such as broadband, transport and closure and limited opening hours of banks and post offices. This can be even more difficult for disadvantaged and marginalised groups living in rural areas.
The National Planning Framework – Ireland 2040 must ensure proper investment is available to ensure sustainable growth and inclusion for all communities. Full submission to the next Draft of NPF – Ireland 2040 is available here 

Budget 2018 Summary

Posted on: November 15th, 2017 by Louise Lennon

Budget 2018 was an opportunity for the Government to begin making real investment in services in rural areas. Although most Government Departments saw an increase in their budget for 2018 and Irish Rural Link welcomes these increases, they are quite modest and will not make any real impact on improvements to people’s lives or to public services, especially in rural areas. Budget 2018, does little to close the gap on the rate of growth between rural and urban areas and few measures to ensure that areas outside of Dublin to compete for jobs in the short term were introduced. IRL remain concerned that the continued slow rate of growth in rural areas will continue to worsen migration and rural isolation issues. Summary of Budget 2018 available here Details of changes to Social Welfare Payments by the Dept of Employment Affairs and Social Protection is available here 

Submission to Department of Health New Home Care Scheme

Posted on: November 15th, 2017 by Louise Lennon

With an ageing population and increasing desire by people to remain in their own home and community as they age, there is a need for more services and supports for services to facilitate this. Keeping people in their own home as they age is also the preferred option of Government as it reduces the cost to the exchequer. Services like Meals on Wheels are a vital service to older people and play a vital role in assisting people to remain in their home. It has an important role to play in the development of a Home Care Scheme. Other auxiliary services also need close examination and proper development of these services is needed to support an overall Home Care Scheme. Full submission is available here