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TD raises Mobility Allowance concerns 23.10.13

INISHOWEN T.D.,Charlie McConalogue has called for clarity on the future of the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant. He said many people dependent on the payments had contacted him in an "extremely distressed state" about the ongoing uncertainty over the future of the supports.
“The Government announced in February that they were abolishing the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant, with the cuts due to kick in from July last. This effectively meant a 20% reduction in support for around 300 people with serious disabilities across Donegal – support that allows them to continue to live independently," said Deputy McConalogue.
“These schemes were scrapped without any alternative schemes ready to go in their place. Due to the severity of the situation, the Mobility Allowance had to be extended on a temporary basis. But there is still no word on a longer term solution, which is causing great distress to the hundreds of people in Donegal and across this region who are dependent on these payments." He said he had been informed that Health Minister James Reilly was in discussions about an alternative scheme. He urged Mr Reilly to "sort this out once and for all and give the people dependent on these two allowances some certainty about their support in the future".
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