Thursday, 12 July 2012

Questions (227)

Kevin Humphreys

Question:

228 Deputy Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Health when he will revise the mobility allowance in order to render it compliant with the Equal Status Act, in view of the fact that those over 66 cannot currently access this allowance, when will they be able to access this mobility allowance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34084/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health)

The Department of Health has accepted the Ombudsman's recommendation to review and revise the mobility allowance so as to render it compliant with the Equal Status Acts. The Department also notes that the Ombudsman, in a footnote to her recommendation, expresses no view as to the terms of the revision of the mobility allowance other than the revised scheme should be compliant with the Equal Status Acts. The Department accepts that the mobility allowance cannot continue to operate on the current basis. The Department has pointed out to the Ombudsman that there are a range of potential policy options that need to be considered. Final policy decisions in this regard have yet to be taken.

Question No. 229 answered with Question No. 222.