Sunday 11 December 2016

Calls for a €20 rise in disability allowance

Published 22/09/2015 | 02:30

People with a disability can experience an extra cost of living of up to €276 a week
People with a disability can experience an extra cost of living of up to €276 a week

People with a disability are calling for an increase of €20 a week in their State allowance to help them meet the additional financial burdens they face.

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The call has been made by nine disability organisations in a Budget plea to Government.

People with a disability can experience an extra cost of living of up to €276 a week, the alliance warned.

The alliance includes the Disability Federation of Ireland, Care Alliance Ireland, Genetic and Rare Disorders Organisation, Inclusion Ireland, Center for Independent Living, Not for Profit Business Association, the Federation of Voluntary Bodies, Mental Health Reform and the Neurological Alliance of Ireland.

Yesterday they appealed to the Government to allocate more investment to ensure that people with disabilities can live as active citizens in their own communities.

Paddy Connolly, head of Inclusion Ireland, said inspection reports have shown that life for thousands of people with a disability in residential support remains unfulfilled, demeaning and sometimes brutal.

He said the Government has failed to deliver on key promises and called for the rise in the allowance.

Irish Independent

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