The PLP reveres Bermuda’s seniors. We kept our promise to increase seniors' pensions every year, we expanded home healthcare benefits and we did not increase Future Care premiums. In response to the growth of this segment of our community, and recognising the value that keeping them engaged has for their quality of life, purpose and worth, the next PLP Government will:
- Increase pensions every year by the rate of inflation.
- Take into account the fact that we are all living longer when developing our policies.
- Eliminate land taxes for care homes.
- Enact laws to reduce age discrimination to allow those over 65 who wish to continue to work to do so.
- Develop a National Seniors Strategy, which would include a strategy for dementia and a prevention plan for seniors abuse.
- Create partnerships with the private sector to create and/or renovate seniors’ recreation centres using existing government buildings to provide more spacious, accessible and energy-efficient facilities.
- Market an interest-free home improvement loan programme to persons 50 years and older in preparation for ageing at home while they are in the position to repay the loan.
- Facilitate the construction of seniors housing in the City of Hamilton that allows seniors to downsize their accommodations with easy access to services that enable them to age well.
MEETING THE NEEDS OF BERMUDIANS WITH DISABILITIES
We have made progress in developing policies that create inclusion in our society for the differently abled, however more must be done. The next PLP Government will:
- Introduce a Bermudian Disabilities Act.
- Develop a legal framework for guardianship for persons with disabilities.
- Develop an accessibility plan for persons with disabilities to access government buildings and public transportation with more ease.
- Ensure that persons with disabilities have access to the full range of employment services.