The Strangford MLA said: “This delay is a total disgrace. Our older people need certainly on this issue, not spin and fluff.
“We have already had the First Minister trumpeting this scheme and gaining the media plaudits for it. There can be no going back on this important initiative.
“This Executive is already failing older people with every day that passes without the introduction of free personal care. When are they going to get their act together?
“With this delay, the Regional Development Minister is placing a real question mark over free transport.
“This delay is causing confusion and it will leave older people feeling insecure on free transport.
“How many different deadlines will the Executive miss before the Chuckle Brothers wake up and sort this mess out.”