Motion expressing concern over cuts to care allowance defeated

A private members motion expressing concern about cuts to the
domiciliary care allowance and the effect on people with disabilities
has been defeated in the Dáil by 81 votes to 41.

The Independent TD Catherine Murphy, who tabled the motion on behalf
of the technical group, said there was evidence that children with
autism or other intellectual disabilities were being targeted for
payment reviews.

But the Social Protection Minister Joan Burton rejected this – she
said that spending on the domiciliary care allowance had actually
increased and an additional 3,000 children were granted the payment
since 2009.

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