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Budget 2019 should increase Disability payments by €9 – John Brady TD

21 August, 2018 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady has said that the Government must use budget 2019 as an opportunity to ease the financial burden faced by people living with disabilities.

Teachta Brady said;

“A recent ESRI report found that out of 11 EU countries between the years 2004 and 2015, adults with a disability in Ireland experienced the greatest level of persistent deprivation.

“This, alongside a survey by the Rehab Group, showed people with disabilities have to choose between food and fuel as they cannot afford both.

“Sinn Féin believes that no citizen should face increased costs due to having a disability.

“Budget 2019 represents an opportunity to begin the process of easing the financial burden faced by people living with disabilities.

“The Government must respect the place of persons with disabilities in our society by investing in disability payments and services to lift the financial burden faced on a daily basis.

“As part of reducing the cost of a disability and as a first step to eradicate this cost, Sinn Féin would increase Disability Allowance, Invalidity Pension and Blind Pension by €9 in Budget 2019.”

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