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Saturday 16 December 2017

How the mobility allowance works

The monthly mobility allowance is a means-tested monthly payment paid out by the Health Service Executive (HSE) to people aged 16-66 years.

Recipients have a disability and are unable to walk or use public transport, but need financial assistance to take the occasional taxi journey, for instance.

They are granted the allowance on the basis that they would "benefit from occasional trips away from home", the purpose of which is left largely to their discretion.

If an allowance is awarded, it will be continued beyond the age of 66, but it is not available for new applicants aged 66 or over. The rates range from €104.25 to €208.50.

Irish Independent

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