O’Reilly welcomes halting of changes to Disability Allowance

Fine Gael TD for Cavan and Monaghan, Deputy Joe O’Reilly has welcomed confirmation from the Taoiseach that the proposed Budget changes to the Disability Allowance for younger people have been put on hold.

It is important to state that there will be no changes whatsoever to people who are already in receipt of Disability Allowance. Disabled young people are among the most vulnerable members of our society; they must be protected and supported. The proposal to pay Domiciliary Care Allowance directly to parents of 16 and 17 year olds has merit, but greatly reducing payments to new claimants when they turn 16 is something that needs to be looked at.

It’s a huge relief to receive confirmation from the Taoiseach today that the proposed changes are being put on hold. The situation will now be reviewed by Ita Mangan, Chair of the Tax and Social Welfare Commission. This is an issue I feel hugely passionate about, and I am glad this Government is willing to take opposing views on board, in the overall aim of being as fair as possible to society’s most disadvantaged members.”

Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website