Ó Snodaigh demands reversal of cuts to disability allowance
Wayward minister should be reined in
In the wake of admissions by the Minister for Finance on RTE’s Primetime last night that the cuts to disability allowance had not been properly thought through, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Social Protection, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, has again called on Minister Joan Burton to abandon those plans.
Ó Snodaigh said “The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has proposed to abolish Disability Allowance for 16 and 17 year olds and cut the rates of payment for those between 18 and 24.
“Even if the Domicilary Care Allowance were extended from 16 to 18 years, raising the age of disability allowance to 18 will see the income of households where a person between the ages of 16 and 18 has a disability drop by €440 per month.
“It will also exclude many from the Household Benefits package including the vital fuel allowances that they would otherwise potentially be entitled to. In addition the cut to the Disability Allowance payments from €188 to €100 for 18 to 21 year olds with a disability and to €144 for 22 to 24 year olds are draconian in the extreme. These are outrageous cuts by any standard.
“If the minister had any understanding of disability whatsoever she would not dream of even suggesting this cut. She seems to be operating under the completely false assumption that everyone on disability is some sort of a ‘wayward’ scrounger.
I will address this and the wider range of cuts of people with disabilities in more detail during my contribution to the debate on the Social Welfare Bill tomorrow.”
Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD
Sinn Féin Whip and Spokesperson on Social Protection