Thomas Pringle TD has said people relying on disability services are living in a ‘state of fear’ and called for the government to declare that there will be no more cutbacks in this area. He raised the issue during Leaders’ Questions in the Dail yesterday.
Deputy Pringle said: “Many of the people who rely on this service have already had their allocated hours reduced which has already limited their quality of life. Any further cuts could leave many housebound, or worse, be put in a situation where the only option is institutionalisation.”
He also noted the extent of cutbacks to Centres for Independent Living and to FAS CE Schemes which support them and said these cutbacks badly affect people with disabilities.
“If we are to treat these people with the dignity and respect they deserve as Irish citizens, then there must be no further cuts to the personal assistance service. The ratification on the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities must also be prioritised in this regard.”
“There are people across the country that are fearful of where their futures lie, or if they even have a future.
“This ‘state of Fear’ whereby the most vulnerable in our society receive the brunt of cutbacks must end.”