Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Mental Health and Special Needs Colm Keaveney says that Budget 2016 has failed to deliver for people with disabilities.
Deputy Keaveney commented ‘Despite the restoration of the Respite Care Grant, which Fianna Fáil called for and welcomes, there is very little in Budget 2016 for people with disabilities. The €3.00 increase in pensions does not apply to those in receipt of Invalidity Pension or the Blind Pension’. People with disabilities have seen their income and services eroded under the current Government and Budget 2016 offers very little to a group that are already vulnerable to poverty and social exclusion.”
“The Budget failed to restore the Housing Adaptation Grant for people with a disability, which Fianna Fáil called for in their Pre-Budget submission and offered no alternative to the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport scheme which were closed in 2013. People with disabilities have been overlooked in this Budget and will not see their living standards improve in 2016.”
“Much of the infrastructure required for people with disabilities to lead full and independent lives has been dismantled by the current Government. Budget 2016 is a missed opportunity and fails to enhance the lives of people with a disability.”