UKIP Mid Ulster candidate, Alan Day has called for more to be done for the elderly.
Mr Day said:
“Social care is one of the most important issues in the election, yet is getting virtually none of the attention it deserves. UKIP has clear, sensible and fair policies to deal with this growing issue.
UKIP is committed to investing an additional £1.2 million a year into social care, to roll back the cuts made by the current government. We also want to see health and social care integrated to improve services. Our manifesto also pledges to:
• Introduce a legally-binding ‘Dignity Code’ to improve the quality and standard of professional care for older people
• Protect services such as day care centres, home care and Meals on Wheels
• Abolish the practice of arranging home-care visits in fifteen-minute windows
• Abolish the annual assessment process for Continuing Healthcare Funding in respect of those suffering from degenerative, terminal illnesses
• Maintain free bus passes, winter fuel allowances, free TV licenses for the over 75s, and free prescriptions and eye tests for the over-60s, all without means testing (across the UK).
We will also fund a ‘Co-ordinating Service for Older People Unit’ in every local authority to make sure no older person should feel isolated or alone. This service will seek out volunteers to join befriending schemes and be pro-active in identifying people who need support or company. “
For more details, please see our full manifesto which you can read online at