20.3.2013 Mounting cuts to supports for people with a neurological disability

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The NAI is increasingly concerned at the steady erosion of supports to people with neurological disability as the European spotlight is focused on our neurological care services.

As Ireland prepares to host European Month of the Brain in May as part of its EU presidency, news of a 40% cut in the Housing Adaptation grant is added to the recent announcement that mobility allowance and motorised transport grant schemes were closing.

Over 700,000 Irish people live with a neurological condition and estimates are that 2% of those experience significant disability as a result of their condition.

Community supports are essential to enable people with neurological disability to remain independent and live to their full potential. Cutting these supports is causing significant distress to people with neurological conditions and their families and ultimately leads to a greater reliance on expensive long term residential care.

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