New figures show that the Health Service Executive will not meet its target to cut €8m from the home help budget by the end of the year.

Since September the HSE has made savings of €1.3m in the area.

The information was obtained from the HSE national office by Independent TD Denis Naughten.

In late August the HSE announced plans to cut 600,000 home help hours in the last four months of the year to save €10.8m.

That figure was later revised to €8m.

A breakdown of the cuts so far shows that 1,365 hours have been cut in Dublin North East and 1,426 hours have been cut in the Dublin Mid Leinster region.

In the West, 9,838 hours have been cut while in the south, 59,735 hours have been cut.

This evening, the HSE south contradicted the national office figures.

They said that the 59,000 figure refers to cuts to home help hours in the region between September and the end of the year.

They added that around 3,700 hours have so far been reduced in HSE South.