Thursday, 25 October 2018

Ceisteanna (225)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

225. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health the status of the implementation of the three year cap for the fair deal scheme for farm families and small business owners; when it will be put in place; if the cap will apply to fair deal recipients that are already on the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44271/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The proposed policy change to the Nursing Homes Support Scheme (NHSS), to cap contributions from farm assets at 3 years where a family successor commits to working the productive asset, has been approved by Government. My Department is working on the development of draft Heads of Bill while considering a number of ancillary policy and operational matters which may need to be addressed in the proposed legislation. 

It is intended that this proposed policy change, the 3 year cap, will be extended to eligible existing participants in long term residential care so that they are not disadvantaged, but that there would be no retrospective recoupment of contributions for those who have paid contributions over and above the 3 year period. I expect to bring Heads of Bill to Government in the next session before this year end and that the changes will come into effect in 2019 subject to the legislative process.