Louth Fianna Fáil deputy Seamus Kirk has hit out at the Government’s failure to reverse outright the cuts in disability allowance for young people.
Reacting to the Taoiseach’s announcement that the cuts will be put on hold while a review is carried out, deputy Kirk said it’s not good enough and called for the cuts to be reversed immediately.
“There are many unfair measures contained in Budget 2012 which discriminate against the more vulnerable groups in society. Few of these are more cruel than the huge and disproportionate cut to supports for 16 to 24 year olds with disabilities,” said deputy Kirk.
“A young adult aged 16-18 is today receiving €188 per week. Under the Fine Gael/Labour plan they will received approximately €71 per week. Those aged 18-24 will see a cut of €88 weekly in their allowance, down to just €100 per week.
“The Taoiseach has said he will set up a review group to look at the these cuts, and the cuts will be “on pause” in the meantime. This is not good enough. We don’t need a review to tell us that these cuts single out one of the most vulnerable groups, people who are simply not in a position to work and are dependent on State support. To slash their payments by €88 to €100 a week will have an enormous effect on their lives for very little savings.