Did anybody see the piece in the Sunday Business Post yesterday about older people being unable to heat their homes this winter?
Have a read at
http://www.sbpost.ie/post/pages/p/story ... qqqx=1.asp
It shocked me that up to 2,000 older people could die this winter because they cannot afford to heat their homes. Yeah, sure my bills are likely to go through the roof as well, but we will make do. But if you are surviving on the pension, it can't be easy. And with the Budget coming up, it is the time to shout out. I used to do a little work with the SVP and we came across some really sad cases all the time. They are there all the time, but sometimes when we are all doing ok it is easy to forget about them. But I guess those sad cases are still there. They are going to be in for a tough winter.
Age Action are pushing the issue, it seems, and are taking up a e-petition, which I have just signed. It is at http://www.ageaction.ie. Lots of facts and figures with it. If you feel the same way, I would encourage you to do the same. All it costs is two minutes to log on.
Of course, in the longer run we have got to do something about insulating all homes. There are a lot of old houses out there. Many have damn all insulation in them. Unfortunately, they are often the houses many of the older people I came across in the past live in. Until we get a proper home insulation programme established which can tackle all these older properties within a three to five year period we are wasting our time. It is not just a matter of preventing suffering for the older inhabitants, it is also about helping them make the most out of whatever fuel allowance or social welfare allowance the State gives them. Otherwise, when the carbon taxes come in, these people will be penalised on the double.
Enough of my ramblings, sign the petition.