Too Old To Be Equal

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A monthly allowance of around €208 to people with a severe disability, who are unable to walk or who would benefit from trips away from home, has been unlawfully withheld from people over the age of 66.

A new report, entitled Too Old to be Equal’,’ from the Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has revealed the Department of Health has been maintaining an illegal upper age limit of 66 in regards to the payment.

The department has known it has been operating illegally since 2008 and agreed to do away with the age limit last April, but has failed to do so.

RTE reported this morning: “The report details five cases of refusal, including a case where a complainant was aged 81 and who died last March.”

Department illegally Operating Mobility Allowance Scheme – Ombudsman (RTE)