Pringle slams cut to Rehabilitative Training Allowance

A Donegal TD is accusing the HSE and the government of targeting some of the most vulnerable people with a proposal to abolish a training allowance for those with disabilities from September 1st.

It would mean the Rehabilitative Training Allowance paid to people who are applying to do a rehabilitative training programme this year will not get €31.80 a week.

Independent Deputy Thomas Pringle says the payment means a lot for someone with a disability coming out of school or a service by helping them get work and independence.

The HSE has denied the cut is a cost-saving exercise, saying the money would be put into disability day services.

But Deputy Pringle is insisting it’s an effort to save €3.7m.