Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (420, 426)

Michael Moynihan

Question:

420. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the medical incontinence allowance; when it will be finalised; if it will be backdated in view of the fact that the additional charges are a burden to carers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51661/18]

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Michael Moynihan

Question:

426. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the medical incontinence allowance; when it will be finalised; if it will be backdated in view of the fact that the additional charges are already burdening carers but the relief for same has not yet been implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51973/18]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 420 and 426 together.

My Department is continuing the work of developing a mechanism to provide a €75 support for vulnerable persons with a condition such as lifelong or long-term medical incontinence to help meet the average annual cost of disposing of their domestic waste. I am informed that this process has taken longer than envisaged, due to a number of issues, including data protection issues that have arisen since the introduction of GDPR.  However, I can assure the Deputy that I am committed to introducing an annual support as soon as practically possible in conjunction with relevant agencies and stakeholders.