A report in today’s Irish Independent states that Minister for Older People Mary Butler raised concerns over changes proposed to the Fair Deal Scheme and made a late-night intervention to stop a government plan to allow nursing-home residents keep all income they raise from renting their family homes.

Ms Butler expressed concern over the impact of such a move on the medical cards and pension payments held by those staying in nursing homes under the State scheme.

The minister also feared scrapping the need for people to make contributions to Fair Deal from income raised from rent could potentially result in elder abuse.

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