The NDP promised $500 per month yesterday to help keep seniors in their homes longer. But the $2.3-million promise is actually stripped down from a year earlier.


Last year the NDP unveiled a $12-million plan. However, party leader Darrell Dexter said that was too expensive given the state of the province’s books today.


The new plan would provide the $500-per-month allowance to about 250 seniors to help them stay in their homes. It would also involve a personal alert phone service available 24/7 and renovations to make ramps more accessible.


He said some components of the 2008 plan are still in the works but were not included in Monday’s announcement.


The Tories seized upon the change and accused the NDP of breaking their promise to seniors, while the Liberals attacked the plan for helping too few people and for only coming into effect next year.