Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Questions (348, 368, 381, 407)

Clare Daly

Question:

348. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason correspondence was sent to parents of young disabled persons who attended the Cope Foundation all their lives, threatening them with the removal of disability allowance; and if she will give an assurance that these payments will not cease as they are a vital support for these young persons to be able to maintain a certain level of independence. [20987/14]

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Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

368. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Social Protection if her attention has been drawn to the fact that parents are receiving letters from her Department informing them that their children’s disability allowance is being withdrawn, as many of these young persons may be 21 years of age, but have the mental capacity of a ten year old person; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21178/14]

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Billy Kelleher

Question:

381. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of special needs clients in receipt of disability allowance who are attending special needs schools and facilities throughout the country (details supplied) who currently have their payment under review; the number who have had their payment cut off in the past six months following the review; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21279/14]

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Finian McGrath

Question:

407. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Social Protection her views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding disability allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21603/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 348, 368, 381 and 407 together.

I am not aware of any letters sent by the Department to recipients of disability allowance who are residing in the institutions named advising them that their disability allowance has been withdrawn. If the Deputies have concerns about particular cases they should supply the names, addresses and PPS numbers and I will arrange for the disability claims to be reviewed. As with all recipients of a social welfare payment, persons in receipt of disability allowance can have their claims reviewed at any time to ensure that they continue to be eligible.