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Plan to axe Rehabilitative Training Allowance for School Leavers with disabilities totally unacceptable – Jonathan O’Brien TD

9 July, 2019 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin TD for Cork North-Central Jonathan O’Brien TD has described today’s reports that the HSE is to axe the Rehabilitative Training allowance as a disgraceful move to offset the Government’s inability to manage the Health budget.

Speaking today after raising the issue with the HSE at the Budgetary Oversight Committee, Teachta O'Brien said;

“The Programme for Government commits ensuring that all 18 year old school leavers with intellectual and physical disabilities have continued education or training opportunities.

"Despite this, it is reported that the HSE will axe the rehabilitative training allowance for new entrants from the beginning of September.

“This allowance is for school leavers with a disability who take up training programmes; permitting them access to community, leisure and social integration activities. 

“This cut will create a financial inequality among school leavers with disabilities, and has been described as a slap in the face by those who are planning to enter training this September.

"The HSE received a budget increase of €850 million for 2019, and the Minister has decided to pick on low hanging fruit because he can’t control his own budget, with waste in projects like the National Children’s Hospital.

"The Minister must immediately reverse this decision."

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