Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has said it is ridiculous that a replacement scheme for the Mobility Allowance & Motorised Transport Grant has still not been finalised. Despite numerous queries about a replacement grant, the Minister for Health has refused to outline when a new scheme will be established.
Deputy McConalogue commented, “It beggars belief that it is almost two years since the Mobility Allowance & Motorised Transport Grant was removed, and there is still no solid information about a replacement scheme. I have been consistently putting questions to the Minister asking when a replacement scheme will be announced but all I have received is the same old rhetoric.
“This scheme was removed with immediate effect after an announcement by the Government last year and despite assertions that an alternative scheme would be put in place, it is clear from the replies I have received from Minister Varadkar that a replacement is not high on his priority list.
“Thousands of people have been left in limbo as a result of the axing of this important scheme. These people would have qualified for the old Mobility Allowance & Motorised Transport Grant, but since there has been no movement on an alternative grant they are left with nothing. The uncertainty over the future of the scheme is also causing huge distress for those currently in receipt of the grant, as they fear the payments could be stopped at any minute.
“The Mobility Allowance & Motorised Grant served some of the most vulnerable people in our society. There is an onus on the Minister to protect and support these people by finalising a replacement scheme to cater for their needs. I will be continuing to raise this issue with Minister Varadkar until a successful outcome is brokered”.