Frustration is turning to despair for many farm families who have been waiting for changes to the nursing home Fair Deal scheme since 2015.

Despite repeated promises by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, the current scheme continues to claim payments for the elderly based on their farm assets. The annual 7.5% charge based on the value of a farm for a farmer in full-time care means the family farm would be lost to the next generation after 14 years. Proposed changes include a three-year limit on the charges applicable to business assets, including farmland but have yet to be enacted.