Govt Stop Mobility Allowance With Immediate Effect

Mobility Allowance and the Motorised Transport Grant schemes will stop with immediate effect, the government have announced.

The decision follows recent reports from the Ombudsman, which said by the exclusion of applicants over 66, the Department of Health and HSE were operating the schemes illegally.

Those currently in receipt of mobility allowance will continue to receive it for another four months, while the government devises an alternative method of meeting people's needs.

It insists that the decision is in no way intended to save costs.

The State says that each year, 4,700 people receive a mobility allowance and 300 receive a motorised transport grant.


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