Written answers

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Department of Health

Blind Welfare Allowance

Photo of Timmy DooleyTimmy Dooley (Clare, Fianna Fail)
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422. To ask the Minister for Health if it is possible to arrange for persons receiving the blind welfare allowance to receive their payment directly into a designated bank or post office account such as all other allowances; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35925/16]

Photo of Finian McGrathFinian McGrath (Dublin Bay North, Independent)
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The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

The particular issue raised by the Deputy is a service matter for the HSE. Accordingly I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.


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