100,000 hours of help for people with disabilities face the axe next year

100,000 hours of help for people with disabilities face the axe next year

The opposition is warning that 100,000 hours of vital help for people with disabilities will face the axe this year.

Fianna Fáil claims the HSE's plan for personal assistance has a target of 1.3 million hours for 2016 - compared to 1.4 million supplied in 2015.

The assistance covers activities outside the home - such as shopping, medical appointments, and socialising.

The hours are allocated based on people's needs - however Fianna Fáil has said some recipients are receiving as little as four hours per week.

The party's spokesperson on disability, Colm Keaveney, has said the cuts will affect not only those living with disabilities but also their families: “There is a hidden army of carers and supporters who are not supported by the State,

“Whose dedication, commitment and above all their actions, in caring and loving people with disabilities, has gone unrecognised,

“People with disabilities have every right to play an active role in society and it is going to require a social infrastructure, support, help and resources.”


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