Dáil Question for the Minister for Health

15/11/2012

To ask the Minister for Health his views regarding the office of the Ombudsman Report entitled Too Old to be Equal; the recommendations therein; and if he has begun the process of changing the mobility allowance scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY.

This matter requires further consideration by Government in order to meet the requirements
of the Equal Status Acts and to ensure no hardship for those currently in receipt of the Mobility Allowance.  The Department of Health is seeking further legal advice as to the options available to the Government.

The Department is not in a position to amend the circular relating to the Mobility Allowance as recommended in the report.  The recommendations, if implemented, would ignore the very serious financial constraints on the Department, the HSE and the State generally.  Implementation of the recommendations would create liabilities that the State could not afford.