Older people, carers and people with disabilities


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  • The State Pension for older people is maintained at current levels.
  • The Free Travel, Free TV Licence, Electricity Allowance/Gas Allowance and Fuel Allowance are unchanged.
  • The Telephone Allowance (€9.50 per month per household) will be discontinued from January for all recipients.
  • The half rate Carer's Allowance is maintained for full-time carers who are getting another weekly welfare payment.
  • Extra weekly payment for caring for more than one person is retained.
  • The annual Respite Care Grant of €1,375 for each care recipient remains unchanged.
Last modified:15/10/2013