Opposition MLA, Mr McCarthy, said: “The home support scheme to help increase security in older people’s houses must be made available across Northern Ireland.
“Currently the ‘Handy Van’ initiative operates in a number of places, but many parts of Strangford and other areas of Northern Ireland do not have the luxury of this service.
“Our older people deserve better protection, and this scheme helps provide it. The NIO and Executive must work to find the cash needed to roll-out the Home Support Service to all local older people.
“One billion pounds is wasted every year on segregation in Northern Ireland. Work must start urgently to stop this waste, and re-direct this cash to providing vital services like this one for older people.”