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People With Disabilities Must be Supported into Workforce – Social Democrats

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The Social Democrats have today pledged their support to the Disability Federation of Ireland’s ‘Make It Work Campaign’ which is aiming to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by those with disabilities trying to find employment.At the Social Democrats’ National Conference on Saturday the party highlighted this issue in the main Leaders’ Address saying that people with disability and mental health issues are at significantly greater risk of experiencing poverty, Read More

Carers Waiting 35 weeks for Welfare Decision while same Department is doling out free Water Conservation Grants

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Applicants for Carer’s Allowance are waiting 35 weeks on average for a decision on their payment according to a Dáil reply. The Dáil reply (see at end) sets out the long average waiting time across a number of schemes including: Carer’s Allowance 35 weeks Disability Allowance 32 weeks Invalidity Pension 21 weeks State Pension Non-Contributory 20 weeks When waiting times for appeals are excluded, the waiting times for carers allowance Read More

Shortall Slams Housing Adaptation Cuts As “Just Plain Stupid”

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  On foot of today’s announcement that Dublin City Council are no longer in a position to fund the Housing Adaptation Grant Scheme for People with a Disability and the Housing Aid for Older Person’s Grant Scheme, Deputy Róisín Shortall has branded the Government’s decision not to provide the necessary additional funding as being “not only the very worst form of austerity, but also just plain stupid”. The Dublin North-West Read More

Double Whammy for Pensioners as Key Supports are Slashed

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**** Dublin City Council effectively ends home adaptation grant schemes **** HSE suspends Fair Deal scheme for community applicants   Pensioners living at home in unsuitable housing conditions face a double whammy of cut backs as several key supports were slashed in the past week. Dublin City Council has confirmed that it is effectively ending three key grant schemes for older persons and people with disabilities (see letter below). The Read More

Grants for Disabled and Older People Cut by 40%

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Department of Environment funding for home adaptation grants for people with disabilities and for older people have been cut by an average of 40%. Councils around the country received notification of their funding last week and details were provided to me in response to a Dáil question yesterday evening. (see details below)  The reply reveals that Leitrim suffered the worst percentage cut of a whopping 89%, followed by Laois (76%), Read More

72,000 now on Primary Care Waiting Lists while key staff still await appointment.

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New figures provided to me through a Dáil Question show that at least 72,000 people await one of the core primary care services, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, or occupational therapy. The breakdown is as follows: Speech and Language Therapy The total waiting for speech and language therapy, mostly young children, is 34,617. Of this, 15,713 are waiting on an assessment and 18,904 are waiting for treatment.  6,500 are waiting Read More