Address to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions today
6th March 2013
"Government Cut to Mobility Allowance is Morally Wrong”
Michael McCabe Chairperson of The Center for Independent Living said in his address to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions today
“Mr. Chairperson, members of the joint-Oireachtas Committee. Thank you for inviting the Center for Independent Living to appear before you today.
Just over two weeks ago an emotional Taoiseach quite rightly spoke of this Nation’s shame, he said and I quote, “today we live in a very different Ireland with a very different conscious awareness – an Ireland where we have more compassion more empathy more heart.”
According to Government figures today in Ireland some 4,000 people with disabilities live in institutions. The Government knows this is wrong. Government policy is to move away from segregating people with disabilities from the rest of society by facilitating inclusion.
Personal assistance service, housing adaptation grants, the mobility allowance and the motorised transport grant are key supports in the realisation of the inclusion of people with disabilities in the community. These supports can be the difference between living and existing.
Not only does the axing of the allowance and grant go against domestic and international policy of accommodating the inclusion of people with disabilities in society but it is morally wrong.”
Note for Editors
Established in 1992, The Center for Independent Living is comprised of 19 user-led organisations around the country working in partnership with others, committed to all people with disabilities being recognised as equal citizens and achieving equal membership in society.
The CIL CMH believes that people with disabilities are be able to make informed decisions about their own lives in accordance with individual needs and lifestyle choices, to design and develop their own services, and to achieve equality of experience, through consensus, respect and value for all.