Speaking in his speech to the Assembly this morning Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “The tribal parties have denied local people free personal care for too long. They had the chance to introduce it through my Assembly amendment, in 2002, but they disgracefully threw away this golden opportunity.
“Our older people were treated with blatant disregard by the four Executive parties in the free personal care debate 2002 – they must never do this again.
“They must not pass up this opportunity now. We need a cast-iron guarantee that free care will be provided for our older people, and we need a set timeframe to ensure its provision as soon as possible.
“Older people have lost their homes and their life savings because they have had to foot the bill for their personal care. This cannot be morally justified and the Executive must act urgently to stop this unfair system and provide free care.”